Former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has been tapped to serve on the Lucas Museum's board of directors.
"We are honored that Secretary Duncan will lend his many talents, deep experience and remarkable insights to the museum," George Lucas said Tuesday. "His passion for innovative solutions and commitment to equity make him particularly well-suited for the museum's educational and cultural mission."
Mellody Hobson, Lucas' wife, is president of Ariel Investments, for which Duncan once worked.
"I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the board of this truly exceptional nonprofit museum and to have the opportunity to work with pioneers like George and Mellody," added Duncan, who formerly served at Chicago Public Schools CEO. "This museum will inspire the next generation of artists and storytellers."
A Friends of the Parks lawsuit has stalled plans for the Lucas Museum in Chicago. The Emanuel administration is awaiting an appeals court decision after requesting a dismissal of the lawsuit earlier this month.
The administration's legal action came after Lucas and Hobson announced they are "seriously pursuing" locations outside Chicago for the museum.