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Getty Foundation announces $1.95 million grant to CGU in support of the Getty Leadership Institute

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Getty Foundation in Los Angeles has announced a three-year, $1.95 million grant to Claremont Graduate University (CGU) for continued support of the Getty Leadership Institute (GLI), the world’s leading source of professional development for current and future museum leaders.

The grant will support the continued operation of the institute on CGU’s campus in Claremont, California, through 2015. It will also support a re-envisioning of the institute’s programs, curriculum, and staff support designed to ensure that GLI at CGU remains at the forefront of developing innovative leadership programs for art museum professionals.

The goals for this new era of the GLI at CGU will include the selection of a new executive director to succeed Phil Nowlen, who is retiring at the end of the year. Nowlen, a highly respected and experienced professional in the field, has led the GLI with distinction since 2000, advancing to the position after 14 years as academic director of the Getty’s Museum Management Institute (MMI).

The Museum Leadership Institute (MLI) and other GLI programs for 2013 will be suspended while a new strategic plan is developed and launched. During that time, additional work will focus on the development of new programs, webinars and online coursework, and the creation of a distinguished speakers’ series on museum leadership.

“The Getty Foundation is pleased to provide this renewed support to CGU for the GLI. It is a crucial moment in the institute’s history as it undergoes its own leadership transition and seeks new opportunities to meet the needs of the field going forward,” said Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Foundation. “I congratulate Phil Nowlen and everyone who has worked with him to achieve the many accomplishments of the GLI over the past years. I look forward to the ways in which CGU will build on this distinguished track record and forge new directions in the future.”

MMI was created in 1979 by and for the museum community as the definitive professional development program for museum leaders. Over the decades, the program has evolved to respond to the growing complexities faced by leaders of museums and other nonprofit institutions, and is the flagship offering in GLI’s educational portfolio. GLI programs provide opportunities for museum professionals, board members, academics, philanthropists, and public officials to come together to question, learn, and plan. For more than 30 years, these opportunities brought exciting new directions for diverse cultural organizations.

More than 1,100 museum professionals from the United States and 30-plus countries have attended MLI and are currently responsible for setting the directions at a diverse collection of cultural organizations across the globe.

The GLI moved from the Getty Center in Los Angeles to Claremont Graduate University in 2010. GLI chose to partner with CGU to because of shared values, geographic proximity to the Getty, and most of all, the outstanding quality of the university’s faculty and programs in the fields of arts and management.

CGU's Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management has at its core a perception of leadership as a liberal art. The School of Arts and Humanities has developed an outstanding masters degree program in Arts Management in collaboration with the Drucker School.

"Cultivating leaders is what Claremont Graduate University is all about," CGU President Deborah Freund said. "I am thrilled that we have extended our partnership with the Getty Foundation and that we are able to provide an environment in which the Getty Leadership Institute can continue to expand and thrive in exciting new ways."

About the Getty Foundation

The Getty Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Getty Trust by supporting individuals and institutions committed to advancing the understanding and preservation of the visual arts locally and throughout the world. Through strategic grants and programs, the Foundation strengthens art history as a global discipline, promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, increases access to museum and archival collections, and develops current and future leaders in the visual arts. The Foundation carries out its work in collaboration with the Getty Museum, Research Institute, and Conservation Institute to ensure that the Getty programs achieve maximum impact. Additional information is available at

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.


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