Barry Munitz, chancellor of the California State U system since 1991, has been tapped to become the president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, one of the nation’s largest with a $4.3 billion endowment.
Munitz, who will leave his post with the largest higher-education system in the U.S. when he takes up his Getty Trust duties Jan. 5, was the clear choice of the trust’s search committee, which was chaired by Robert Erburu, chairman of the Getty’s board of trustees.
The new prexy will oversee a trust that, in addition to maintaining and growing its huge endowment, is currently applying the finishing touches to a centralization of much of its assets into the new Getty Center complex in in Brentwood. That building project, which will house a new J. Paul Getty Museum, is set to open to the public on Dec. 16 of this year.
Munitz will replace Harold Williams in the president’s office, where the latter executive has been installed since 1981. The Brooklyn-born Munitz, who has held numerous other academic and administrative posts, holds a masters and Ph.D. from Princeton U and is currently serving on a White House panel examining costs and cost-effectiveness in American higher education.
In addition to its functions as organizational umbrella for the museum and center, the Getty Trust is also deeply involved in philanthropic and conservation activities in a number of artistic disciplines, perhaps most deeply in art history and preservation technology.