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Pomona College Museum Director Selected for Getty Leadership Institute

Pomona College Museum of Art Director Kathleen Stewart Howe has been selected for the Getty Leadership Institute’s renowned Museum Leadership Institute (MLI), joining more than 30 museum leaders from across the U.S., England, Canada, Australia, China, and New Zealand, who will explore the increasingly complex challenges that face today’s museums. This year’s program will to be held at the Getty Center, July 11 – 31, 2009.

Participants are chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants and selected based on their ability to influence policy and affect change at their institutions. This year’s MLI group includes senior leaders at a wide range of institutions, from the Smithsonian Institution, to Canada’s Vancouver Maritime Museum, and the Tate Modern in London. Other participants include leaders from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department in Hong Kong, and the Australian Museum, among others. About one third of the applicants this year come from institutions outside the U.S.

“Museums must operate in an increasingly complex environment and at a faster speed than ever before,” said Getty Leadership Institute Director Phil Nowlen. “Unlike institutions of the past, organizations today must be extremely nimble, embracing rapid change in funding and governance issues, as well as in organizational structure and external regulations,” added Nowlen.

Now in its 31st year, MLI continues to be the foremost professional development program for senior museum executives. Coursework covers strategic thinking, finance and organizational behavior, addressing topics such as building public understanding, achieving financial stability, and leading organizational change. Case studies and exercises selected combine current events and trends with academic theory and best practices. It is the primary executive development opportunity of the Getty Leadership Institute (GLI), a program of the Getty Foundation, one of the largest supporters of scholars and cultural organizations throughout the world.

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