Monday, January 24, 2011

President Obama Announces Three Appointments To Federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama announced his intention to appoint three new members to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), including two citizen members and the mayoral representative. The ACHP is a 23-member, independent federal agency that promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our nation’s historic resources and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy.

“The ACHP is delighted to receive new members with such outstanding expertise and experience,” said Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, ACHP chairman. “With the increasing importance of historic preservation in regard to energy, sustainability, economic development, environment and educational attainment, they will enhance the ACHP’s ability to provide greater historic preservation benefits for the nation while safeguarding its physical heritage.”

The new appointees, as announced by the President, are the following:

Michael B. Coleman was elected Mayor of Columbus, Ohio, in 1999 and was reelected in 2003 and 2007. As mayor, he has focused on rejuvenating downtown Columbus by initiating Neighborhood Pride, a proactive effort to engage residents and businesses to fix up thousands of homes and clean up their neighborhoods. Coleman also created the Affordable Housing Trust Corporation to provide more housing options to inner-city residents and led the restoration of the historic Lincoln Theatre and the landmark Lazarus Department Store building in downtown Columbus. He received his B.A. from the University of Cincinnati and his J.D. from the University of Dayton Law School.

Horace Henry Foxall, Jr. recently retired as Manager of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Center of Expertise for Preservation of Historic Structures and Buildings. For more than three decades, Foxall assisted the Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Defense, and other federal agencies in developing historic preservation projects and programs, advising staff, architects, engineers, and outside consultants in the execution of historic building preservation. Foxall currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He received his M.Arch. in Architectural Design and Urban Design from the University of Washington and his B.S. in Urban Development and B.Arch. in Architectural Design from the University of Oregon.

Bradford J. White is a principal of Brad White & Associates in Evanston, Illinois, providing development consulting on affordable housing and historic resources. He is the former Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Development at The Habitat Company LLC. Prior to joining Habitat, White was Vice President of Related Midwest LLC, where he was responsible for the acquisition, financing and development of affordable and market-rate housing. He serves on the board of the Illinois Housing Council and is past chair of the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois and Preservation Action. White received a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from DePaul University.

The new members will be sworn in at the ACHP’s business meeting on February 17 in
Washington, D.C.

For more information on the ACHP and its responsibilities, please see