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Getty Leadership Institute moves to Claremont

November 12, 2009 | 12:00 am

Ruger1 The Getty Leadership Institute, largely devoted to the professional development of museum executives, is moving from Los Angeles to Claremont Graduate University. Funded by a renewable three-year, $2.2-million grant and renamed the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University, the collaborative venture will be run by the university’s School of Arts and Humanities and Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management.

The grant will fund the Museum Leadership Institute, a popular program of intensive three-week summer courses, and an additional, yet-to-be-determined program, said Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the J. Paul Getty Trust. Funds will be raised for other projects as plans develop.

The move was sparked by an effort to operate the institute more efficiently and cost-effectively, but it evolved into a search for a partnership that would lead to new opportunities, said institute director Phil Nowlen. Claremont got the nod because of its educational mission, recently established arts management program and proximity to Los Angeles.

Joseph C. Hough, the university’s interim president, called the new relationship “one of those serendipitous events where both parties will benefit quite handsomely.”

Founded in 1979, the Getty Leadership Institute was originally headquartered in New Year and offered its programs at UC Berkeley.  The institute has been located at the Getty Center since 1999. The Museum Leadership Institute, which admits applicants through a competitive process, has offered courses to more than 1,000 participants from the U.S. and 20 other countries. Additional programs include Next Generation, designed to help emerging museum leaders, and courses attended by museum directors and their board presidents.

-- Suzanne Muchnic

Photo: Alex Ruger, director of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, talks to colleagues at the Getty's Museum Leadership Institute. Credit: Bart Bartholomew / J. Paul Getty Trust