The Chief Historian at A+E Networks is going to help America commemorate The Great War. President Obama today appointed Dr. Libby O’Connell to the World War I Centennial Commission.  The exec has been at A+E since 1993 and in her present post of Chief Historian and Senior Vice President of Corporate Outreach since 2005. Originally brought on to consult on the creation of what became the History Channel, the former Long Island University prof now serves as the primary advisor to History’s programming department. O’Connell also oversees the A+E’s educational and community initiatives such as the Intervention town halls addressing issues of addiction. O’Connell won a 2007 Daytime Emmy and has received two Governors Awards from the TV Academy.  “I am proud to appoint such impressive men and women to these important roles, and I am grateful they have agreed to lend their considerable talents to this Administration. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead,” said Obama in a statement accompanying the appointment of O’Connell and five others to various administration positions. ESPN wrestling analyst Anthony Marc Robles was also appointed to a post today. He will take up membership on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

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