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New Role Announced for Deborah Marrow

Getty Grant Program Director Takes on Additional Assignment as Dean for External Relations

August 18, 2000

Los Angeles--The J. Paul Getty Trust announced today the appointment of Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Grant Program, to the additional role of dean for external relations, effective immediately.

Barry Munitz, president and chief executive officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust, has appointed Marrow to this new, additional position. It follows her eighteen-month special assignment as interim director of the Getty Research Institute during the search for the Institute's new director, Tom Crow, who assumed his position in July. She has served as director of the Getty Grant Program since 1990.

While Marrow will continue to lead the Grant Program, in her new capacity as dean for external relations, she will also serve the President's office and the entire Trust as a representative and interpreter of program priorities to the Getty's external constituencies. Munitz has commented, "I am grateful to Deborah for the extraordinary skill that she brought to the interim directorship of the Research Institute and delighted that she has now agreed to take on the additional role of dean for external relations. It gives us an opportunity to use her professional art history skills, broad experience here, and global network of colleagues to serve the Trust well in the future." Dr. Marrow will also work closely with John F. Cooke, executive vice president, external affairs, who assumed his position in March 2000, in coordinating efforts to reach out to a wider local and international community.

At the Grant Program, Marrow and her staff will continue to work to further advance the Getty's philanthropic objectives. The Grant Program provides critical support to institutions and individuals throughout the world in fields that are aligned most closely with the Trust's strategic priorities. The Grant Program funds a diverse range of projects that promote learning and scholarship about the history of the visual arts and the conservation of cultural heritage, and it consistently searches for collaborative efforts that set high standards and make significant contributions. During the period of leadership transition at the Research Institute, Dr. Marrow will also serve as an advisor to Dr. Crow and his staff on a variety of projects.

Marrow holds a doctorate in art history from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in 17th century European art, and she began her career at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Prior to joining the Getty, Marrow taught art history at various colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area and in Southern California, and she was a member of the editorial board and managing editor of Chrysalis magazine. At the Getty she has also served as publications coordinator, program officer, and assistant director of the Grant Program. She has served numerous professional and educational organizations and is currently a member of the Save America's Treasures committee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in partnership with the White House Millennium Council.

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