Philip Nowlen Named Head of New Getty Institute
October 13, 2000
Los Angeles--The J. Paul Getty Trust announced today the appointment of Philip Nowlen, longtime academic director of the Museum Management Institute (MMI), as head of the Getty Leadership Institute.
Deborah Gribbon, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum and vice president of the J. Paul Getty Trust, comments, "Phil Nowlen has been extraordinarily effective as director of MMI. I'm delighted that such an experienced professional who is highly respected in the field and beloved by students and colleagues will be taking the helm of the Leadership Institute."
The Getty Leadership Institute, which relocated to the Getty Center from New York in January, was created to respond to the growing complexity faced by leaders of museums and other nonprofit institutions. New technologies, shifts in philanthropic patterns, and a vigorously competitive environment challenge institutional leaders to think strategically. Mission-driven, market-sensitive leaders want to make sure they are asking the right questions. The Leadership Institute provides opportunities for museum professionals, board members, scholars, and philanthropists to come together to question, learn, and plan.
From 1986 until his recent appointment, Nowlen served as academic director of the Museum Management Institute (MMI), an intensive three-week executive program, which is the flagship program of the Leadership Institute. MMI brings together senior executives from a wide range of museums to explore strategy and management under the direction of faculty drawn from the top ranks of executive programs. Over the past 20 years MMI has served over 700 museum professionals from the United States and 21 foreign countries.
While continuing to refine the MMI curriculum and oversee its faculty and participants selection process, Mr. Nowlen will provide strategic direction to the Leadership Institute, supervising the design, expansion, and evaluation of programs that work to strengthen both professionals and institutions in the not-for-profit world. These programs will increasingly involve collaborations with other organizations as well as professional associations. Mr. Nowlen will also work broadly with Getty staff to examine and experiment with new approaches to adult education and lifelong learning.
Mr. Nowlen has led continuing education and extension divisions at the University of Chicago, the University of Virginia, and the University of California, Irvine. He is widely published and his book, A New Approach to Continuing Education for Business and the Professions (1987), is credited with providing models for learning experiences that make a difference to professionals' careers and have an impact on their organizations.
Mr. Nowlen said, "This is a wonderful opportunity. I'm looking forward to developing a range of educational strategies that will strengthen a new generation of museum and nonprofit professionals."
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