Peter C. Erichsen Named Vice President and General Counsel to the J. Paul Getty Trust
Former White House Counsel, Deputy Assistant Attorney General to Help Lead Organization
July 19, 2001
Los Angeles--Barry Munitz, president and chief executive officer for the J. Paul Getty Trust, today announced the appointment of Peter C. Erichsen as vice president, general counsel and secretary.
Erichsen brings diverse and distinguished career experiences to the Getty. In addition to his most recent position as vice president and general counsel of the University of Pennsylvania, Erichsen previously served as deputy assistant attorney general of the United States and as associate counsel to former President of the United States William J. Clinton.
As general counsel for the J. Paul Getty Trust, Erichsen will act as chief legal advisor to the Trust in both internal and external matters, providing legal oversight and guidance for the international educational and philanthropic organization that includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute and the Getty Grant Program.
“We are extremely pleased that Peter has agreed to join us,” Munitz said. “He is a talented individual whose legal background and educational expertise will be tremendous assets in helping us fulfill our overall mission.”
Erichsen earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He also completed his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard University, where he achieved an A.B. in English and American History and Literature.
Erichsen’s professional experience with educational institutions and the federal government is complemented by his former private practice in the areas of corporate law, securities and venture capital, as well as his community service endeavors. He was a founding director of Trinity Hospice of Greater Boston (1988-93), the first hospice to serve downtown Boston; and was also a member of the governing board of Trinity Church in Boston (one of the largest Episcopal churches in the United States) from 1987 until 1993.
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