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The J. Paul Getty Museum Announces New Associate Director For Administration

February 21, 2006

LOS ANGELES—The J. Paul Getty Museum announces the appointment of Thomas Rhoads as the new associate director for administration at the J. Paul Getty Museum.  Rhoads was selected following a competitive search that lasted more than a year.  A veteran with over 20 years of experience in arts administration, Rhoads has held a number of administrative positions at the Getty Museum over the past six years.

"Tom will take up his new position at a crucial moment for the Museum and I greatly look forward to working with him during this period of change," says Michael Brand, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. "His extensive experience both at the Getty and throughout his career makes him clearly the best candidate for the position.  And his references have been especially outstanding, with several noting how rare it is to find such an able administrator with such a strong background in the core mission of art museums."

Rhoads came to the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2000 as the manager of administration, rising to become head of administration only a year later. In August 2004, he was named acting associate director for administration.  In that position he has overseen all aspects of the Getty Museum's daily operations, with responsibility for the formulation and implementation of policies and procedures in the areas of budget, operations, personnel, and general management.

Before coming to the Getty, Rhoads was the founding executive director of the Santa Monica Museum of Art.  Between 1988 and 2000, he created its organization, developed a range of innovative programs and exhibitions, and presided over its move to its current location at the Bergamot Station arts center from its original home on Main Street in Santa Monica.

Before moving to Los Angeles, Rhoads spent seven years as a program and financial officer in the Visual Arts Division of the New York State Council on the Arts, concentrating on contemporary visual arts organizations. He is a graduate of Reed College with a B.A. in art history, and has a Masters degree in arts administration from New York University.

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John Giurini
Getty Communications Department

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