Bradley W. Wells Named Vice President of Finance for J. Paul Getty Trust
March 20, 2001
Los Angeles--Barry Munitz, President and Chief Executive Officer for the J. Paul Getty Trust, today announced the appointment of Bradley W. Wells as Trust Vice President, Finance.
Capping a long and distinguished career at California State University, Wells currently serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor, Financial Services, for the California State University system, in Long Beach, California.
As the Getty's Vice President, Finance, Wells will be responsible for managing, developing, and administering the Trust's budget, and overseeing all accounting and risk-management functions. He will advise the Getty's President and Trustees on all financial matters. Wells assumes his new post at the Getty on May 1.
"I am so pleased that Brad has accepted the position of Vice President," said Munitz, former Chancellor of California State University (1991-97). "He brings to his new role solid financial management experience in steadily expanding spheres of responsibility. After working with him both at CSU and at the Getty, I have witnessed firsthand Brad's capable leadership within large, complex institutions. I have tremendous respect for him as a colleague and as an advisor. We're all very excited to have him on board."
Wells earned his B.A. in Political Science at California State University, Long Beach, in 1983. He began his career at CSU Fullerton in 1983, and in 1986 became that university's Director for Budget Planning and Administration. He joined the CSU Chancellor's Office in 1989, becoming Senior Financial Analyst; then, in 1993, Director, Information and Analysis; and finally, in 1995, Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer.
For one year (1998-99), Wells served as Associate Director, Program Analysis and Planning, for the J. Paul Getty Trust, developing long-term financial analysis to inform the development and implementation of the Trust's FY 2000 budget.
A longtime resident of Long Beach, Wells has served on the Board of Trustees for Harbor Area Halfway Houses (Long Beach) and for the University of West Los Angeles (Inglewood).
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