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Participants from Around the Globe to Explore Leadership Challenges for Museums at Renowned Getty Leadership Institute Program July 13-August 1

LOS ANGELES—More than 30 museum leaders from across the U.S., England, Ireland, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, China, and South Africa will explore the increasingly complex challenges that face today’s museums as part of the Getty Leadership Institute’s renowned Museum Leadership Institute (MLI), to be held at the Getty Center July 13–August 1, 2008.

Now in its 30th year, MLI continues to be the foremost professional development program for senior executives. Participants from around the world, chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants, convene for an intensive professional development program for museum decision-makers.
This year’s MLI group includes senior executives at a wide range of institutions, from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, to Canada’s Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa, and The British Museum in London. Other participants include leaders from the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the National Museum of Australia, and the Netherlands Open Air Museum, among others. About one third of the applicants this year come from institutions outside the U.S. Participants were chosen for the program based on their ability to influence policy and effect change at their institutions.

“Museums must operate in an increasingly complex environment and at a faster speed than ever before,” said Getty Leadership Institute Director Phil Nowlen. “Unlike institutions of the past, organizations today must be extremely nimble, embracing rapid change in funding and governance issues, as well as in organizational structure and external regulations,” added Nowlen.

Over 1,000 museum professionals from the United States and more than 20 countries have attended MLI and are currently responsible for setting the directions at a diverse collection of museums across the globe.

MLI faculty members come from the top ranks of educational institutions, including the University of Southern California, Stanford University, and the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. Coursework covers strategic thinking, finance 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 programs designed for administrators, curators, board members, and a variety of other museum professionals.

A list of participants is attached.  For more information on the GLI, visit

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List of participants

Chantal Amyot
Director, Exhibitions
Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation
Quebec, Canada

Elysia Borowy-Reeder
Senior Director of Communications
Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee, WI

Elizabeth Brown
Chief Curator
Henry Art Gallery
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Shing-wai Chan
Chief Curator, Conservation
Central Conservation Section
Hong Kong, China

Rachael Coghlan
Director, Audience Development and Public Programs
National Museum of Australia
Canberra, Australia

Priscilla Cooper
Vice President of Institutional Programs
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Birmingham, AL

Joseph Cox
Executive Director
Children's Museum of Naples
Naples, FL

Betsy Davis
Executive Director
The Center for Wooden Boats
Seattle, WA

Angie Dodson
Director of Interpretation and Visitor Services and Associate Director
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens
Washington, DC

Derick Dreher
Rosenbach Museum and Library
Philadelphia, PA

Carrie Fitzsimmons
Chief of Staff and Director of Administration
Institute of Contemporary Art
Boston, MA

Pamela Franks
Deputy Director for Collections and Education
Yale University Art Gallery
New Haven, CT

Paul Ha
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
St. Louis, MO

Timothy Hallman
Director of Marketing and Communications
Asian Art Museum
San Francisco, CA

Irene Hofmann
Executive Director
Contemporary Museum
Baltimore, MD

Fiona Kearney
Lewis Glucksman Gallery
University College Cork
Cork, Ireland

Clive Kellner
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg, South Africa

Robyn Kennedy
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery
Washington, DC  20006

Cameron Kitchin
Executive Director
Contemporary Art Center of Virginia
Virginia Beach, VA

Thomas J. Loughman
Curator of European Art and Assistant to the Director, Exhibitions
Phoenix Art Museum
Phoenix, AZ

Xerxes Mazda
Head of Learning and Audiences
The British Museum
London, UK

Robin Nicholson
Deputy Director for Exhibitions
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Richmond, VA

Paul O'Pecko
Vice President, Collections and Research
Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.
Mystic, CT

Fernand Proulx
Chief Operating Officer
Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Carolyn Putney
Director of Collections, Head Curator
Toledo Museum of Art
Toledo, OH

Robert Rogers
Maryland Historical Society
Baltimore, MD 

Klaartje Schweizer
Head of the Collection and Conservation Department
Netherlands Open Air Museum
Arnhem, Netherlands

Holly Turner
Executive Director
Nicolaysen Art Museum and Discovery Center
Casper, WY

James Ulak
Deputy Director
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Washington, DC

Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen
Head of The Courtauld Gallery
The Courtauld Gallery
London, UK

Finbarr Whooley
Assistant Director, Curatorial and Public Services
Horniman Museum and Gardens
London, UK

Lesley Wright
Faulconer Gallery
Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA

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Melissa Abraham
Getty Communications

Julie Jaskol 
Getty Communications 

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The Getty Leadership Institute was created to respond to the growing complexity faced by leaders of museums and other nonprofit institutions. New technologies, shifts in philanthropic patterns, and a vigorously competitive environment challenge institutional leaders to think strategically. As mission-driven, market-sensitive leaders want to make sure they are asking the right questions, the Leadership Institute provides opportunities for museum professionals, board members, scholars, and philanthropists to come together to question, learn, and plan.