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March 1, 2006

LOS ANGELES—Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Foundation, has been appointed interim president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust.  In this capacity, she will report directly to the Getty’s board of trustees.

"With Deborah’s institutional experience and knowledge, her expertise as an art historian, and her leadership experience, the board agreed she was the right person to steer the Getty in this transitional period," said John Biggs, chairman of the board of trustees. Barry Munitz, who had been president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, resigned on February 10, 2006.  Joan Weinstein, associate director of the Getty Foundation and a scholar of early 20th century German art, has been named interim director of the Foundation.

"I am honored to have been asked to serve as interim president and CEO of the Getty Trust," said Marrow. "The Getty has a talented and dedicated team, and I could not ask for better program leaders than Michael Brand, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum; Tim Whalen, director of the Getty Conservation Institute; Thomas Crow, director of the Getty Research Institute; and Joan Weinstein, interim director of the Getty Foundation.  Together, we will continue to build on the great work being done by the Getty as a whole."

Stephen D. Rountree, a long-time Getty executive who now serves as president and chief executive officer of the Music Center of Los Angeles County, adds, "Deborah has a strong grasp of all aspects of the Getty’s programs, and that will make her an exceptional leader during this transitional time."

Marrow joined the Getty in 1983 to launch a publications program that underwrote and published scholarly works on art history.  Over the course of her 23 years at the Getty, she has served as director of the Getty Foundation, interim director of the Getty Research Institute, and dean for external relations of the Getty Trust.

Marrow began her professional career at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and has taught at various colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area and in Southern California. She was a member of the editorial board and managing editor of Chrysalis magazine and is the author of The Art Patronage of Maria de’ Medici. Marrow holds a B.A. cum laude and a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

Over the course of her career, Marrow has served various organizations in the fields of art history, museums, preservation, and philanthropy. She currently serves as a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, where she is a member of the executive committee and chairs the academic policy committee, among other responsibilities.  Previously, she was a member of the board of governors of the University of California Humanities Research Institute.  She was also a member of the Save America’s Treasures Committee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in partnership with the White House Millennium Council, and a member of the International Committee of the Council on Foundations.

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Beth Brett
Getty Communications Department

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