|Type||Government organization think tank|
|Legal status||United States Presidential Memorial|
|Headquarters||Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center|
President emerita and distinguished fellow
|Mark Andrew Green (president and CEO) and Bill Haslam (board chairman)|
28th President of the United States
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWICS) or Wilson Center is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank named for former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, who was the only president of the United States to hold a PhD. It is also a United States presidential memorial established as part of the Smithsonian Institution by an act of Congress in 1968.
The center was established within the Smithsonian Institution, but it has its own board of trustees, composed both of government officials and of people from private life appointed by the president of the United States. The center also publishes a digital magazine, the Wilson Quarterly.
The center is a public–private partnership with approximately one-third of the center's operating funds coming annually from an appropriation of the U.S. government, and the center is housed in a wing of the Ronald Reagan Building, a federal office building where the center enjoys a 30-year rent-free lease. The remainder of the center's funding comes from foundations, grants and contracts, corporations, individuals, endowment income, and subscriptions. Because of its historic reliance on congressional appropriations, the center posts on its website a Plan for Federal Funding Hiatus.
The board of trustees, currently chaired by Bill Haslam, is appointed to six-year terms by the U.S. president.
The board of directors include Haslam, vice chair Drew Maloney, private citizen members Nick Adams (commentator), Thelma Duggin, Brian Hook, David Jacobson, Timothy Pataki, Alan N. Rechtschaffen, Louis Susman. Public members include Antony Blinken, Lonnie Bunch, Miguel Cardona, David Ferriero, Carla Hayden, Shelly Lowe, Xavier Becerra.
On January 28, 2021, Mark Andrew Green was announced as the Wilson Center's new president, director, and CEO, and he began his term on March 15, 2021.
Most of the center's staff form specialized programs and projects covering broad areas of study. Key programs include the Cold War International History Project, Environmental Change and Security Program, History and Public Policy Program, Kennan Institute, the Kissinger Institute, the Environmental Change and Security Program, and the North Korea International Documentation Project.
The center has been ranked several times as one of the ten best think tanks in the world by the University of Pennsylvania's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.
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