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Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Inducts New Members, Highlights Housing and Urban Development Preserve America Achievements

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Four members of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) took the oath of office at this morning’s fall business meeting, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received the ACHP Award for Federal Preserve America Accomplishment for its leadership role in federal historic preservation efforts.

This ACHP award recognizes exemplary federal efforts by agencies to promote the Preserve America initiative. HUD more than met that high standard. Since the March 3, 2003, issuance of President Bush’s Executive Order 13287, Preserve America, HUD has been a leader in federal implementation efforts.

HUD responded quickly to the Executive Order in issuing its informative publication, Preserving America – Historic Preservation and Heritage Tourism in Housing and Community Development. HUD has served enthusiastically and effectively on the Preserve America Steering Committee and as a member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. HUD has created and included Preserve America Community recognition events in its public activities dozens of times since 2004. Additionally, HUD’s historic preservation program has long been an exemplar of federal department understanding and adherence to the applicable provisions, as well as the overall philosophy, of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Of the four members receiving the oath of office to serve on the ACHP at this morning’s meeting, two are new appointees and two are reappointments.

New appointments are Chairman John L. Berrey of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, and Mayor Bill Haslam of Knoxville, Tennessee. Berrey will serve as the Native American/Native Hawaiian organization member, and Haslam as the mayor member, on the 23-person council. Reappointed to the ACHP for second four-year terms were Mark A. Sadd of Charleston, West Virginia, and John G. Williams, III, of Seattle, Washington. Sadd was renamed to a public member position and Williams to an expert member position on the ACHP.

John L. Berrey is a member of both the Quapaw Tribe and Osage Nation. He serves as chairman of the Quapaw Tribal Business Committee and the Downstream Development Authority. He is also a fourth-generation rancher on the family’s original allotment on the Osage Reservation located north of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Since graduating from the University of Arkansas with a degree in journalism in 1991, Berrey has held a number of business positions, including several with the Quapaw Tribe.

Bill Haslam began his first term as mayor of Knoxville in December 2003. Previously, he was president and director of Pilot Corp., a Knoxville-based company operating convenience stores and travel centers nationwide. He also is the former chief executive officer of SAKS Direct, the e-commerce and catalogue division of Saks Fifth Avenue. His historic preservation accomplishments include leading an effort to renovate the historic Bijou Theater and reopen the Tennessee Theatre, working to save the S&W Cafeteria, and initiating a public planning process to create a vision for Knoxville’s South Waterfront.

Mark A. Sadd is a partner with the law firm of Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins PLLC in Charleston, West Virginia, and has practiced law since 1992. Sadd has had a professional emphasis on real property, zoning, planning, land-use law, taxation, and other matters pertaining to property issues. He is a city councilman at large for West Virginia’s capital, Charleston. He is the chairman of the Federal Agency Programs Committee for the ACHP.

John G. Williams, III, is a founding partner with Hoshide Williams Architects in Seattle, Washington, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Seattle Chapter. For decades, he has been involved professionally and personally with historic preservation issues. Williams is currently chairman of the Washington State Governor’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, is the national vice president of Preservation Action, and serves on the Board of Advisors of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, for which he is a former chairman. He is the chairman of the Communications, Education, and Outreach Committee for the ACHP.

About the ACHP: An independent federal agency, the ACHP promotes the educational, economic, and cultural value of historic preservation and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy. It also influences federal activities, programs, and policies that affect historic and cultural properties. In addition, the ACHP has a key role in carrying out the Administration’s Preserve America initiative. See for more information.

Posted November 14, 2008

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