June 07, 2010

Louise Bryson Completes Term as Getty Board Chair

LOS ANGELES—After four years as Board Chair, two years as Vice Chair, and twelve years as a Board member, Louise Bryson has completed her service as a Getty Trustee. As previously announced, Mark Siegel, who has been a Trustee since November 2005, succeeds Bryson as Chair.

During her term as Chair, Bryson led the Board through a challenging but highly productive period of its relatively short history. In recognition of her contributions, at its annual meeting, Sunday, June 6, the Board elected Bryson as a Trustee Emeriti and gave her the honorary title of Chair Emerita.

"Louise led the Getty with her own unique combination of intelligence, persistence and patience; always showing ’grace under pressure’ as the Getty was transforming," said Mark Siegel.

Neil L. Rudenstine, Board Vice Chair, former President of Harvard University and currently Chair of ARTstor, commented, "Louise has been an outstanding leader of the Board at a critical moment in the Getty’s history. She has guided the institution with great skill and decisiveness, while enabling the Board to address significant issues in a spirit of openness, thoughtfulness, and candor. She will be greatly missed, not only as Chair, but as a valued colleague and friend."

Getty Trustee and former Vice Chair Luis Nogales said, "Louise became the chair of the Getty Board during a most difficult period. The institution was facing serious leadership and governance issues, as well as demands for the return of objects from its antiquities collection. Louise took a leadership role on these and other important challenges the Getty faced, including the search and selection of Jim Wood, a widely respected arts leader, as the Trust CEO. She also oversaw the recruitment of six new trustees of extraordinary distinction. We are all grateful to Louise for her thoughtful leadership and dedication. The Getty is flourishing."

Jim Wood, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust said, "I have been fortunate to have had a Board Chair who provided the leadership and commitment essential to my integration into the Getty." He continued, "The Board and our management team had to make difficult decisions last year as the Getty was faced with a significant budget reduction due to the economic downturn, and Louise, as always, provided a steady hand throughout the process."

Bryson has been a strong champion of the Getty’s leadership in the arts and commitment to the preservation of cultural heritage around the world through her membership in the Getty’s Councils. Just two weeks ago, the newly formed Getty Conservation Institute Council, which she chairs, met for the first time.

"In addition to the many things she has done for the Getty I’m thankful for the determined leadership Louise has brought to the formation of the GCI Council," said Tim Whalen, director of the Getty Conservation Institute.

Bryson has been a major champion of Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980, an initiative of the Getty in collaboration with art institutions across Southern California. The Getty has served as a catalyst for this project, which will result in major exhibitions opening in the fall of 2011, telling the important history of Los Angeles art following World War II.

At the annual meeting, the Board asked Bryson to chair a special Board committee to support Pacific Standard Time together with Trustee Maria Hummer-Tuttle serving as Vice Chair.

"I am a total enthusiast for Pacific Standard Time. No other major city has ever brought together so many of its art institutions in this way. But then the story that’s being told warrants nothing less," said Bryson.

In addition to her service with the J. Paul Getty Trust, Bryson has chaired KCET. She is a member of the Board of KPCC, and previously was a long-term Board member of the National Public Broadcasting System. Earlier in her career, she was a documentary film writer and producer, and later moved to cable television where she held senior positions at NBC, Fox, and as President, Distribution, for Lifetime Entertainment, and General Manager of Lifetime Movie Network. She is a trustee of Capital Management Funds.

She also served on the Board at Pomona College, and was a member of the Advisory Boards at both the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the USC School of Communication and Journalism. She is a recipient of Public Television’s National Leadership Award, and this year was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Julie Jaskol
Getty Communications
(310) 440-6473

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