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President and Chief Executive Officer, The J. Paul Getty Trust
On January 5, 1998, Barry Munitz assumed the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust, becoming the second person ever to hold that responsibility. The Getty is an operating trust that oversees one of the world’s finest museums; institutes devoted to research, conservation, and leadership development; as well as a grant program and a multi-billion dollar endowment. In December 1997 after 13 years’ preparation, the Getty opened a new campus, the Getty Center in Los Angeles, designed by architect Richard Meier. In 2003, the Getty Villa near Pacific Palisades will re-open to house the Museum’s antiquities collection, along with an International Center for the Study of Comparative Archaeology and Cultures.
Prior to this assignment, Dr. Munitz served for seven years as Chancellor of the California State University (CSU), the nation’s largest system of senior higher education. He provided leadership to 37,000 faculty and staff, and more than 300,000 students at 23 campuses (three developed during his administration) and six off-campus centers. At his departure, the CSU’s annual operating budget exceeded $4 billion. While Chancellor, Dr. Munitz was (in 1996-1997) Chairman of the American Council on Education Board (ACE) - the national umbrella association for all colleges and universities - and chaired the search committee for ACE’s new president. He chaired (in 1992-1997) California’s Education Roundtable and Business-Higher Education Forum. In 1997 he was Vice Chair of the 11-member Congressional Higher Education Cost Commission (serving as the only White House Department of Education appointee), and served from 1994-1998 as a Director of SunAmerica, Inc. Dr. Munitz chaired the transition team in 1998-1999 for Governor Gray Davis and is the former Chair of the National Advisory group for the Ford Foundation-supported Millennium Project on Higher Education Cost, Pricing and Productivity. He served from 1998-1999 on the Board of Radcliffe College.
Dr. Munitz received a B.A. in Classics and Comparative Literature from Brooklyn College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. He began his teaching career at the University of California, Berkeley, and then was appointed Assistant to Clark Kerr at the Carnegie Commission on the Future of Higher Education. After serving as Academic Vice President of the University of Illinois system in the early 1970s, he was Chancellor of the University of Houston’s main campus from 1977-1982. Although most of his career has been devoted to academic administration, Dr. Munitz worked during the 1980s as an executive in the private sector, principally as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Federated Development Company, the largest shareholder of a Fortune 200 entity in the aluminum (Kaiser), lumber (Pacific Lumber), and real estate business.
He is an active member of several national, civic, educational and corporate boards, including the Executive Committees of KCET Public Television in Los Angeles and the National Business-Higher Education Forum. He was recently elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and appointed to the Board of Princeton University. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the SallieMae Holding Company and is a member of the Board of Directors for Kaufman and Broad Home Corporation.
STEPHEN D. ROUNTREE
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The J. Paul Getty Trust
Stephen D. Rountree first joined the J. Paul Getty Trust in 1980 as deputy director of the Museum. In 1984, he was appointed director of the Getty Center Building Program, with responsibility for managing all aspects of project development, design, and construction of the Getty Center in Los Angeles. In 1989, Mr. Rountree assumed additional responsibility for planning and management oversight of central administrative and operations functions including facilities, human resources, publication services, information technology, security, food services, administrative services, and long-range planning.
He was named Vice President of the Trust in August 1997. A graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, Mr. Rountree was formerly director of personnel and assistant executive vice president at his alma mater.
He received a master’s degree in management from Claremont Graduate School. Mr. Rountree has been active in community organizations, currently serving as chairman of Curtis School and, recently, as a member of the Occidental College board of governors and the Veterans Park board of trustees. He also served as jurist to select the architect for the Los Angeles Cathedral project.
RUSSELL S. GOULD
Senior Vice President for Finance and Investments, The J. Paul Getty Trust
Russell S. Gould joined the management team at the J. Paul Getty Trust in June of 1998. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, he was appointed to the University of California Board of Regents by Governor Pete Wilson in July, 1998. Prior to joining the J. Paul Getty Trust, Mr. Gould was the Director of Financial and Strategic Services at Metropolitan West, specializing in technical advice to state and local governments and private corporations. Mr. Gould has served as the Director of Finance of the state of California and in this position he was the Governor’s chief financial advisor, responsible for developing and managing the state’s $62 billion budget.
He also was a member of over 60 boards and commissions that dealt with virtually every aspect of state finance, including the State Teachers’ Retirement System and the Franchise Tax Board. From April 1991 to July 1993, he served as the Governor’s Cabinet Secretary of the Health and Welfare Agency, responsible for administration of 13 state departments with a budget of over $32 billion dollars and over 42,000 employees.
Mr. Gould also served as Assistant State Treasurer with oversight of the state’s $20 billion investment portfolio, where he established the state’s first College Savings Bond program and oversaw all debt issuance, including both long and short term cash borrowing. From 1983 to 1991, Mr. Gould served in the Department of Finance as Chief Deputy Director and in other capacities with primary financial responsibility for all state and local government issues, liason for federal fiscal issues, and oversight of pension and employee compensation programs.
Mr. Gould was selected to be President of the National Budget Officers’ Association and served on President Clinton’s Task Force on Welfare Reform. He has also served as a consultant to Brazil on state/local partnership strategies.
Vice President of the Trust and Director of the J. Paul Getty Museum
John Walsh has been director of the J. Paul Getty Museum since 1983. After graduating from Yale University in 1961, he took M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University. He spent a year at the University of Leyden in the Netherlands as a Fulbright Graduate Fellow. For two years he served as lecturer and research assistant at the Frick Collection in New York, then became an associate for higher education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and began teaching part time at Columbia. At the Metropolitan he was associate curator, and later curator, in the Department of European Paintings between 1970 and 1975, while he continued to teach undergraduate and graduate courses.
He then resigned from the Metropolitan to become professor of art history at Barnard College and Columbia University. Two years later he returned to full-time museum work as curator of paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he remained until his move to the Getty in 1983, serving for a time as a visiting professor of fine arts at Harvard University.
He is the author of many articles and catalogues in his field of specialization, Dutch paintings of the 17th century. He is a trustee of the Claremont Graduate School, a member of the governing board of the Yale University Art Gallery, and a member of the Smithsonian Council. He served as president of the Association of Art Museum Directors in 1989-90.
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