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Each Brings Significant Expertise in the Arts, Literature and Scholarship

May 15, 2007

LOS ANGELES—Louise H. Bryson, chair of the board of trustees of the J. Paul Getty Trust, announced today that three new members have been elected to the Trust's board.  Frances Daly Fergusson, president emeritus of Vassar College; Paul LeClerc, president and chief executive officer of The New York Public Library; and Neil L. Rudenstine, chairman of the board, ARTstor and former president of Harvard University, will begin four-year terms as Getty Trustees on July 1, 2007.

"Our board set out one year ago to bring to the Getty a new president and additional trustees distinguished for their leadership and achievements in visual arts and education.  We are now proud to announce that that search has culminated in the addition of Drs. Fergusson, LeClerc, and Rudenstine to our Board.  It would have been notable in advancing our mission to bring any one of these deeply respected leaders to the Getty board.  To bring all three of them, along with our new president and CEO, Jim Wood, is a landmark step forward," said Louise Bryson.

Jim Wood, Getty president and CEO, said, "I look forward to working with and learning from these three respected professionals.  Their commitment to and personal passion for the visual arts and the central role of research and scholarship in making them meaningful to a wide audience is well known.  I have admired Neil, Frances, and Paul by reputation for many years.  Their appointment broadens the Getty's intellectual base and demonstrates the board's commitment to the trust's core values."

Frances Daly Fergusson

Frances Daly Fergusson was elected the ninth president of Vassar College in 1986 and retired from that position in 2006.  She currently serves as president emeritus and professor of art at Vassar.  Dr. Fergusson is a graduate of Wellesley College with special honors in art history, and earned her master's and doctoral degrees in art history at Harvard University.  Among many other responsibilities, she is president-elect of the board of overseers of Harvard University, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the board of trustees for the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Noguchi Museum and the National Humanities Center. 

Paul LeClerc

Paul LeClerc was elected the president, CEO, and trustee of The New York Public Library in 1993, and under his leadership has implemented a number of initiatives that have made The New York Public Library an international leader in the field of information collection and distribution.  Prior to joining The New York Public Library he served as president and CEO of Hunter College, the City University of New York (CUNY), and prior to that as provost and vice president for academic affairs, Baruch College, CUNY.  He earned his undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross and an M.A. and Ph.D. in French literature from Columbia University.  Dr. LeClerc serves on the board of trustees of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and as director of the National Book Foundation.  He is also a member of the board of The American Academy in Rome and a member of the editorial board, The Complete Works of Voltaire, Oxford University. 

Neil L. Rudenstine

Neil L. Rudenstine currently serves as chair of ARTstor, a nonprofit organization created by the A. W. Mellon Foundation that develops, maintains, and distributes digital resources for the study of art, architecture, design, and related fields in the Humanities.  Dr. Rudenstine was president of Harvard University from 1991 until he retired in 2001.  He received his undergraduate degree at Princeton University, a B.A and an M.A. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a Ph.D. in English from Harvard University.   He was a member of the Harvard English Department prior to becoming a professor and senior administrator at Princeton University.  He is a published author, and among many other accomplishments is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a trustee of the Barnes Foundation, the Courtauld Institute of Art (London), and the Goldman Sachs Foundation.
In addition to Louise Bryson, president of distribution, Lifetime Networks, and general manager, Lifetime Movie Network, the current Getty Board of Trustees includes Ramon C. Cortines, Deputy Mayor for Children, Families, Youth, Education, City of Los Angeles; Joanne C. Kozberg,  partner, California Strategies; Luis G. Nogales, president, Nogales Investors, LLC; Stewart Resnick, chairman, Roll International Corp.; William E. B. Siart, founder & chairman, ExED; Mark Siegel, president, Remy Investors & Consultants, Inc.; Peter J. Taylor, Managing Director, Lehman Brothers; Jay S. Wintrob, president & CEO, AIG Retirement Services, Inc.; and James N. Wood, president & CEO, the J. Paul Getty Trust.

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Julie Jaskol
Getty Communications

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