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National Archives Announces New Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

February 2, 2017
Retired Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente has been named Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, effective February 6.

Washington, DC. . . Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero today announced the appointment of retired Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente as the new Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, effective February 6.

In making the announcement, the Archivist said, “Patrick’s extensive Federal experience leading large organizations, especially team building, process improvement, and crisis management, will greatly benefit the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the National Archives.”

Mordente is a 29-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a Command Pilot with over 2,700 hours of flying time in T-37, T-38, and C-130 aircraft. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1987 and attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. He served on multiple high level staffs within the Department of Defense, including the Joint Staff at the Pentagon.  He is a combat veteran who served in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. As a Wing Commander, he worked closely with military historians to preserve unit and installation records.  He retired as the Vice Commander of 18th Air Force at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, in October 2016.

Mordente holds master of science degrees from The National Defense University in National Resource Strategy and from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Air Mobility, as well as a master of arts degree from Webster University in Business, and an undergraduate degree in Engineering Mechanics from the Air Force Academy.

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, located in Dallas, Texas, is one of 14 libraries in the Presidential Library system administered by the National Archives and Records Administration and overseen by the Office of Presidential Libraries. The Presidential Libraries house the records of Presidents Herbert Hoover through Barack Obama and preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire.

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For press information contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300 or Bobbi Gruner (Bush Library) at 214-346-1670, or by email at bobbi.gruner@nara.gov.