Franklin D. Murphy
 
Germinated in staff discussions, tested in dialogues with the Board and leaders of other museums and institutions, the vision of the new Getty was given powerful support by Franklin Murphy in 1980. A former Chancellor of UCLA and CEO of Times Mirror, Murphy has been called a "culture broker" by his biographer. He played a critical role in the development of many of Los Angeles' cultural institutions in the 1960s and 70s. Murphy helped provide focus to the emerging program and provided critical advice on leadership.

As it became increasingly apparent that the litigation related to Getty's estate would be settled in favor of the Trust, the Board turned to Murphy to help them recruit a president for the Trust to refine and implement this expanded vision.

President and CEO Harold M. Williams
 
Looking for someone with the background to manage the Getty's substantial endowment as well as implement the new vision, the Board hired Harold M. Williams in February 1981. A native of Los Angeles, trained as a lawyer, Williams had worked in industry, academia, and government. He also had a passion for the arts. As an attorney and manager at Norton Simon, Inc., he had risen to become chairman at a young age and was influenced by Norton Simon's patronage of the arts. Afterwards he was dean of UCLA's Anderson School of Management and appointed head of the Securities and Exchange Commission by President Jimmy Carter.

The Board hoped that under Williams' leadership the Getty would be able to do things for the world of art that no other institution, or even combination of institutions, had been able to do.

 
 
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AUDIO—Otto Wittmann
Otto Wittmann, the long-time director of the Toledo Museum of Art, served as an advisor to and member of the Getty's Board of Trustees during the years that J. Paul Getty's will was in probate. He was also chief curator for the Getty Museum.

 
 
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VIDEO—Stuart Peeler
Stuart Peeler, who was a member of the Getty's Board of Trustees in the early 1980s, discusses the hiring of Harold Williams as the Trust's first chief executive officer and the steps that led to the expansion of the Trust's programs.

 
 
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AUDIO—Franklin Murphy
Murphy discusses an early memo he drafted to the Board suggesting that the endowment comprised far too much money to "intelligently spend" on a museum alone and his recommendations for expanding the Trust's programs.

 
 
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VIDEO—Harold Williams
Harold Williams came to the Getty in 1981 as chief executive officer. Empowered by the Board of Trustees to develop a vision for the future of the institution, he led the Getty for 16 years until his retirement following the opening of the Getty Center in 1997. Williams talks about his early conversations with the Board regarding the future of the Getty.

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