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International Participants to Attend Renowned Getty Leadership Institute Program

May 8, 2007

LOS ANGELES—The Getty Leadership Institute, a program of the Getty Foundation, recently announced its selection of participants in the renowned Museum Leadership Institute (MLI) this summer. Participants from around the world, chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants, will convene at the Getty Center July 8-27 for an intensive professional development program for museum decision-makers.

More than 30 museum leaders will attend from museums large and small throughout the U.S., Ireland, England, Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Puerto Rico. This year, over 25 percent of the applications came from institutions outside the U.S.

Now in its 29th year, MLI continues to be the leading professional development program for senior executives, providing a strategic perspective to the increasingly complex issues facing today's museums. Nearly 1,000 museum professionals from the United States and more than 20 countries have attended the MLI and are currently responsible for setting directions at a diverse collection of museums across the globe.

“Today the pace of change means that museums operate in a more and more complex environment at a faster speed than ever before,” says Getty Leadership Institute head Phil Nowlen.

Among the issues museums grapple with, according to Nowlen, are funding, governance, and increasingly complex organizational structures and external regulations. “There are some sea changes in the field that require strong and imaginative leadership,” says Nowlen.

Participants in this year’s MLI include senior executives at a wide range of institutions, from the Discovery Science Center in Fort Collins, Colorado, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Other participants include leaders from the Smithsonian, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego. Participants were chosen based on their ability to influence policy and effect change at their institutions.

MLI faculty members come from the top ranks of educational institutions, including Dartmouth, the University of Southern California, and the University of Virginia. Coursework covers strategic thinking, finance, marketing, and organizational behavior, addressing topics such as building public understanding, achieving financial stability, leading organizational change, and enhancing staff and board effectiveness. Case studies and exercises selected for MLI combine current events and trends with academic theory and best practices.

MLI has been offered to the museum field since 1979. It is the primary executive development opportunity of the Getty Leadership Institute (GLI), a program of the Getty Foundation, one of the largest supporters of scholars and cultural organizations throughout the world. In addition to MLI, the GLI also offers a portfolio of other professional development programs designed for administrators, curators, board members, and a variety of other museum-related roles.

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List of Participants

Camille G. Akeju
Anacostia Community Museum,
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C.

Pierre Arpin
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Agustín Arteaga
CEO and Director
Museo de Arte de Ponce,
The Luis A. Ferre Foundation, Inc.
Puerto Rico

Amy F. Bartow-Melia
Deputy Associate Director for Public Programs
National Museum of American History,
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C.

Concetta A. Bencivenga
Chief Financial Officer
Please Touch Museum
Philadelphia, PA 

Julien Chapuis
Metropolitan Museum of Art,
The Cloisters
New York, NY

Valerie Cooper
President and CEO
Art Gallery of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta

Colleen Russell Criste
Deputy Director
Andy Warhol Museum
Pittsburgh, PA

Fionnuala Croke
Head of Exhibitions
National Gallery of Ireland

Nicholas Dodd (Nick)
Chief Executive
Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust 
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
United Kingdom

Lisa D. Freiman
Curator of Contemporary Art
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Indianapolis, IN

Annette Geiselman
Executive Director
Discovery Science Center
Fort Collins, CO 80525

Lisa Green
Director of Communications and Design
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Williamstown, MA

John R. Grimes
Museum Director
Institute of American Indian Arts Museum
Santa Fe, NM

Madeleine Grynsztejn
Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of
Painting and Sculpture
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, CA

Stephanie Hanor
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Gregory J. Landrey (Greg)
Interim Director of Library, Collections Management and Academic Programs
Winterthur Museum and Country Estate
Winterthur, DE

Meg Linton
Director of the Ben Maltz Gallery
and Public Programs
Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College
of Art and Design
Los Angeles, CA

Stephen Little (Steve)
Honolulu Academy of Arts
Honolulu, HI

Patricia Mears
Deputy Director
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, NY

Nataley Nagy
Executive Director
Textile Museum of Canada
Toronto, Ontario

James Pepper Henry (Jim)
Associate Director for Community
and Constituent Services
National Museum of the American Indian,
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC
Axel Rüger
Van Gogh Museum
The Netherlands

Mark Scala
Chief Curator
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Nashville, TN

Manfred Sellink
Artistic Director
Musea Brugge

Stephanie Smith
Director Collections and Exhibitions
and Curator of Contemporary Art
Smart Museum of Art,
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Carol Stakenas
Executive Director
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
Los Angeles, CA

Julie K. Stein
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture,
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Jenny Theodorou
Director, Ty Warner Sea Center
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
and Ty Warner Sea Center
Santa Barbara, CA

Yves Theoret
Director, Exhibitions and Interpretation
Portrait Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

Pamela W. Trimpe
Pentacrest Museums
Museum of Natural History
and Old Capitol Museum,
University of Iowa
Iowa, IA
E. Michael Whittington
Executive Director
Monterey Museum of Art
Monterey, CA

Arvind Bhambri
Department of Management and Organization,
Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Kent John Chabotar
President and Professor of Political Science
Guilford College
Greensboro, NC

Punam Anand Keller
Charles Henry Jones Third Century
Professor of Management
Tuck School of Business
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH

Jeanne Liedtka
Associate Professor
Darden Graduate School
of Business Administration
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

David Logan
Senior Partner
JeffersonLarsonSmith LLC
Los Angeles, CA

William W. Sternbergh
Senior Fellow, Leadership Education
Center for Creative Leadership
Greensboro, NC

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Julie Jaskol 
Getty Communications 

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