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New Staff Appointments at the J. Paul Getty Museum

Thomas Rhoads Named Manager of Administration and Susan DeLand Named Head of Retail and Merchandising

May 2, 2000

Los Angeles--The J. Paul Getty Museum has appointed Thomas Rhoads to the position of Manager of Administration and Susan DeLand as Head of Retail and Merchandising.

In his new position, Rhoads will work with all Museum departments and other Trust operating programs to support ongoing operations and administration of the Museum. He will be responsible for administrative functions including budget, operations, and personnel.

From 1988 - 2000, Rhoads was founding Executive Director of the Santa Monica Museum of Art where he developed innovative programs and exhibitions and supervised the Museum's move from the Edgemar complex to Bergamot Station. He has also worked for the Arts Division of the New York State Council on the Arts. A graduate of Reed College with a BA in Art History, he earned a Masters Degree in Arts Administration from New York University. He has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, Planning and Stabilization and Inter-Arts programs, the California Arts Council, the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts/California Community Foundation, and the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. Rhoads has served as an advisory panelist for the Public Art Program of the City of Santa Monica, and as a steering committee member for the City of Santa Monica Arts Master plan.

DeLand will direct strategic development of retail and merchandise operations for the Getty. She will be in charge of product development, merchandising strategies, marketing, manufacturing, and financial and inventory management, including e-commerce. DeLand previously served as Vice President, Enterprise Development for the Long Beach Aquarium from 1997-1999 and Director of Merchandise Operations for the Autry Museum of Western Heritage from 1988-1997. In addition, DeLand was a Buyer and Director of Product Development for Port O'Call Pasadena's five stores in Southern California. DeLand studied art and literature at Polk Community College in Winter Haven, Florida, and literature at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Prior to her retail museum work, she taught and practiced art as a grant recipient from National Endowment for the Arts. She has also led seminars covering topics such as product development, intellectual property management, marketing for artists, museum stores, revenue generation, and customer service.

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