Michael Govan to lead LACMA for six more years [Updated]
Govan’s initial contract as museum leader had been due to expire April 1, 2011. In fulfilling that contract, he has earned a $1-million bonus promised when he was hired. His 2008-09 earnings, bonuses and benefits totaled $1.27 million, according to the museum’s most recent available tax return. Of that, $208,000 was a government salary and benefits as a Los Angeles County department head; the rest was paid by the private, nonprofit organization that operates the county-owned museum.
[Updated 5 p.m., Oct. 22]: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated Govans earnings as $1.062 million in 2008-09, including a $162,500 government salary. $1.062 million is his compensation from Museum Associates, the private, nonprofit organization that operates LACMA; Govan's county earnings were $144,400 salary and $63,200 in benefits, bringing his combined earnings and benefits for the year to $1.27 million.
Govan came to LACMA in April 2006 following 11 years as head of the Dia Art Foundation in Manhattan and Beacon, N.Y.
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-- Mike Boehm
Photo, left: Govan with Chris Burden's "Urban Light" on the LACMA grounds. Credit: Jay L. Clendinen/Los Angeles Times