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Museum Leaders from Around the World to Explore Their Evolving Field at the Getty Leadership Institute's MLI Program July 10-July 29, 2010

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University (GLI at CGU) is convening more than 30 museum leaders from the United States and around the world to engage in the renowned Museum Leadership Institute (MLI), in which participants explore the increasingly complex challenges museums face. The program will be held at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, from July 10-July 29, 2010.

Now in its 32nd year, MLI offers intensive executive education and is the world’s foremost professional development program for senior museum executives. This is borne out through the geographic diversity of the museums represented and the caliber of the program’s participants, who are selected based on their ability to influence policy and effect change at their institutions.

This year’s MLI group includes senior leaders from some of the world’s most prominent museums, including the National Museums of Science and Industry in London; the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, both in Washington, DC; and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Attendees also represent a wide cross-section of institutions, including the California Science Museum, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the Queensland Museum – the Workshops Rail Museum, and the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. Those selected include international museum leaders from Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Scotland, Portugal, and China.

MLI 2010 participants also represent a variety of roles in the museum field – including directors, curators, educators, and those in finance and fundraising, among others – further creating a diversity of perspectives and experiences for group discussions. Additionally, this year’s MLI class features several university museums, such as the Colby College Museum of Art, the University of Alaska Museum of the North, and the University of Kansas’ Spencer Museum of Art.

This is the first MLI since the Getty Leadership Institute moved from the Getty Center to its new home at Claremont Graduate University in January 2010. Getty support continues with the Getty Foundation’s three-year, $2.2 million grant supporting GLI at CGU. Though GLI is housed on CGU’s campus in Claremont, California, this year’s MLI will still be held at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.

Since 1979, over 1,000 museum professionals from the United States and more than 25 additional countries have attended. These individuals are responsible for leading a diverse collection of museums around the world.

MLI faculty come from the top ranks of educational institutions, including the University of Southern California, the University of Virginia, and the Center for Creative Leadership. Course work – covering strategic thinking, finance, and organizational behavior – addresses topics such as building public understanding, achieving financial stability, and leading organizational change. Case studies and exercises for MLI combine current events and trends with academic theory and best practices.

For more information on the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University, visit

About Claremont Graduate University

Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University (CGU) is an independent institution devoted entirely to graduate study. More than 2,000 students are studying for Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in 22 disciplines. Located 35 miles east of Los Angeles, CGU is part of a liberal arts consortium commonly known as the Claremont Colleges. The Claremont University Consortium (CUC) includes Pomona, Scripps, Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna and Pitzer Colleges, plus the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences and Claremont Graduate University. More information is available at

About the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University

The Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University is a leading source of continuing professional development for current and future museum leaders. GLI at CGU was created to respond to the growing complexities faced by leaders of museums and other nonprofit institutions. New technologies, shifts in philanthropic patterns, and a vigorously competitive environment challenge institutional leaders to think strategically. Leaders want to make sure they are asking the right questions. Through several key offerings, the GLI at CGU provides opportunities for museum professionals, board members, academics, philanthropists, and public officials to come together to question, learn, and plan.


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