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March 15, 2006 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
USC President Steven B. Sample has resigned his relatively new seat on the board of the J. Paul Getty Trust, citing conflicting duties. In a three-sentence resignation letter dated Feb. 28, Sample said his responsibilities to USC "make it impossible for me to continue" as a Getty trustee. His resignation was effective immediately, and he declined to comment Tuesday. Sample joined the Getty board in September 2004. Trustees typically serve four-year terms.
June 5, 2012 | By Mike Boehm, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
A month after laying off more than one-third of the education staff at its museums, the J. Paul Getty Trust has named one of Southern California's top K-12 educators as the newest member of its volunteer board of trustees. Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, superintendent of the 56,000-student Santa Ana Unified School District, will fill the seat on the 14-member Getty board that's being vacated by investment executive Luis Nogales, who has reached the limit of three four-year terms.
June 4, 2006 | Christopher Reynolds
AFTER a year of playing defense over allegations of murky management practices, the J. Paul Getty Trust is taking a symbolic step toward transparency: Before the month is out, officials say, the Getty website ( will add a hefty helping of internal facts and figures, including salaries of the trust's best-paid officials.
May 19, 2011 | By Mike Boehm and Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times
In August, when James Cuno steps into the office with the magnificent eastward-looking panoramic view of L.A. that James Wood had occupied as president of the J. Paul Getty Trust, he'll also step into pretty much the same pay package, according to Getty spokesman Ron Hartwig. Had he lived, Wood, who was found dead of natural causes last June in his Brentwood home, was due to earn $728,000 a year in base pay for fiscal 2011-12, plus a $240,000 annual housing stipend; additionally, he would have received $500,000 in deferred payments this year that had been agreed to when he started in 2007.
An African American sorority house, two 19th century adobes, a concrete bridge in South Pasadena and the Griffith Park Observatory are among more than 20 sites in Los Angeles County that will share a $1.4-million conservation grant from the J. Paul Getty Trust, Getty officials announced Thursday. The trust is providing money to preserve buildings and sites of architectural, cultural and historical interest that have helped define local communities.
April 12, 1988 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Times Art Writer
Three months later than promised and not a minute too soon for hopeful recipients, the J. Paul Getty Trust has launched a $3-million fund to benefit local artists and visual arts organizations. In its first year of operation, the J.
The J. Paul Getty Trust has awarded $50,000 for emergency repairs to the often-damaged historic San Gabriel Mission, one of California's oldest. The grant is one of 23 totaling $1.4 million the Getty Trust awarded Wednesday to preservation projects worldwide. Other local recipients include the Los Angeles Conservatory and the China Exploration and Research Society, based in Altadena.
Los Angeles County has not always been the friendliest place for architectural landmarks and hidden cultural and historical gems. Decay, ignorance and the wrecking ball have taken their toll. But now a deep-pockets patron is entering on the side of preservationists. The J. Paul Getty Trust is putting up a big chunk of money to help identify and restore such local, if not national, treasures in the area. The trust is set to announce today the official launch of "Preserve L.A.
Ending six months of speculation about who would be the next leader of the world's richest and most far-reaching foundation devoted to the arts and humanities, Barry Munitz, chancellor of the California State University system, has been appointed president and chief executive of the $4.2-billion J. Paul Getty Trust. Munitz, 55, an experienced private- and public-sector administrator known as a visionary populist during his six-year tenure as head of Cal State, will succeed Harold M.
April 18, 1988 | SAM HALL KAPLAN, Times Design Critic
The J. Paul Getty Trust is embarking on a major program to aid the conservation of architectural landmarks worldwide but with a "special" emphasis in Los Angeles. The program marks a dramatic expansion of the trust's grant program beyond the research and conservation of the fine arts and the humanities into the more substantive and community-sensitive issue of landmark preservation.
February 8, 2011 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the most influential and controversial photographers of the 20th century, made his name in New York. Now, with a surprising joint acquisition by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, his life's work is heading to Los Angeles. The two museums have together acquired some 2,000 of Mapplethorpe's most famous photographs. Included is the estate's last remaining "XYZ Portfolio," a set of images featuring his highly sculptural flowers and his powerfully sculpted male nudes.
June 13, 2010 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
James N. Wood, who helped the J. Paul Getty Trust regain its good name as its president and chief executive over the last three years and led the Art Institute of Chicago through 24 years of growth, died Friday, Getty officials announced. He was 69. Wood's body was found late Friday at his Brentwood home, Getty spokesman Ron Hartwig said. A statement by the Getty Trust said Wood died of natural causes. Wood had been expected to fly to Chicago on Friday morning for a meeting; when he failed to arrive, his wife, art historian and painter Emese Forizs, received a call in Rhode Island where she was with family, Hartwig said.
May 24, 2007 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
James N. Wood, the new president of the J. Paul Getty Trust, owes his job partly to the indiscretions of his globetrotting predecessor. On Wednesday, in his first speaking engagement in L.A. since arriving to lend his 40 years of museum experience to the image-challenged Getty, he spoke repeatedly about the need to run it with a keen view toward acting locally.
May 16, 2007 | Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
The J. Paul Getty Board of Trustees has elected three new members who bring with them a strong background in the arts. The trio, announced Tuesday by board chairwoman Louise H.
December 24, 2006 | Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
2006 was a big year for the arts in greater Los Angeles. The roster of new and redesigned "cultural palaces" grew -- the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Malibu's Getty Villa, the Griffith Observatory. The tussle over rightful ownership of art intensified: Five Gustav Klimt paintings looted by the Nazis were returned to descendants of their owner.
October 6, 2006 | Lee Rosenbaum, LEE ROSENBAUM is a contributing editor at Art in America magazine and blogs at
THE CALIFORNIA attorney general's investigation of the J. Paul Getty Trust concluded this week with not much more than an admonishment of the wealthy but beleaguered art institution for its financial misdeeds and misjudgments. Why was the Getty let off the hook with a slap on the wrist for the transgressions of its former president, Barry Munitz, and its trustees -- some of whom (including chairwoman Louise Bryson) still serve?
December 7, 1997 | SUZANNE MUCHINC, Suzanne Muchnic is The Times' art writer
Opening the Getty Center is an auspicious event for everyone from the scholars who will use its resources to members of the public impatiently awaiting their first visit. But no one is more attuned to the new cultural complex than Harold M. Williams, who has been president and chief operating officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust since 1981, and who is scheduled to retire on Jan. 5, his 70th birthday. Williams came to the Getty the year before the trust received its endowment of $1.
Harold M. Williams, the visionary leader and financial guru of the Los Angeles-based J. Paul Getty Trust, announced Monday that he will retire as president and chief executive officer on his 70th birthday in 1998.
October 3, 2006 | Christopher Knight, Times Staff Writer
Like something out of a Jane Austen novel, California's attorney general on Monday named a chaperon to accompany the J. Paul Getty Trust for two fiscal years. The Getty, headstrong and wayward, apparently requires some adult supervision. Fourteen months after launching a civil investigation, the attorney general issued his findings on the shenanigans that disrupted the Getty Trust with escalating intensity since the elaborate Brentwood campus opened more than eight years ago.
August 19, 2006 | Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino, Times Staff Writers
David Gardner, the former chairman of the board of J. Paul Getty Trust, has returned nearly $100,000 of the money he was paid to write a coffee-table book on the history of the arts institution after he left the board in 2004 but never produced. The Getty asked Gardner to pay back the money after an internal investigation concluded that the book deal violated tax laws prohibiting excess compensation and self-dealing, Getty spokesman Ron Hartwig said Friday.
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