- The Washington Times - Monday, March 26, 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Smithsonian Institution announced Monday that its top official, Secretary Lawrence M. Small, has resigned amid criticism about his expenses.

Small resigned over the weekend, and the decision was unanimously accepted Sunday by the Smithsonian’s Board of Regents.

Cristian Samper, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, has been appointed acting secretary while the regents conduct a nationwide search for a permanent replacement.

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