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Scoates Selected For Getty Program

Published: June 2, 2014

The Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University (GLI) announced that Christopher Scoates, director of the University Art Museum at CSULB, is among the 39 museum leaders from the United States and eight countries selected to participate in the 2014 Executive Education Program for Museum Leaders. Chosen from a pool of 60 applicants, participants demonstrated an impressive record of achievement in their roles as museum leaders in their first five to seven years of senior-level management, but face significant issues in the immediate future as they influence policy and effect change at their institutions and in the wider art museum field.

“I’m honored to be part of such an esteemed group of leaders from the museum world, and to be given the rare and exciting opportunity to work alongside them. I look forward to participating in a rigorous and engaged dialogue as we begin to address many of the pressing issues facing museums in the 21st century,” said Scoates.

The GLI 2014 Executive Education Program features a comprehensive and intensive curriculum aimed at deepening participants’ leadership skills in order to manage change and forge success in the global museum field. For the first time, the program offers a blended learning environment with one week of asynchronous online learning in April and two weeks of classwork in June in residence on the Claremont Graduate University campus in Claremont.

Now in its 35th year, the GLI Executive Education Program is the world’s foremost professional development program designed especially for senior-level museum executives. The 2014 cohort comes from collecting and non-collecting visual arts institutions from around the world.

Included in the group are executives from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Freer and Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian Institution and the Phillips Collection. Along with CSULB, university museums are represented by the directors of the art museums at the University of Utah, University of Texas, University of Washington and Reed College. Among the international participants are leaders from University of Navarra, Spain, the Royal Academy of Art in London, Chatsworth House and Lismore Castle in the United Kingdom, the Helsinki Art Museum in Finland, and the Palace Museum and the Shaanxi History Museum in China.

Scoates Selected For Getty Program
Christopher Scoates

Participants are primarily museum directors, but also include those who lead museum curatorial, education, exhibitions, collections, research, development and public programming initiatives. Senior level managers from leadership education programs and botanical gardens fill out the class to ensure a diversity of perspectives and experiences for group discussions.

Guest lecturers include leaders from Southern California art museums. Coursework includes modules on fundraising, strategy, marketing, and social consumerism. The curriculum blends museum site practicums at Los Angeles area institutions with classroom learning with faculty members facilitating discussions using case studies based on current events and trends.

Supported by the Getty Foundation, more than 1,100 museum professionals from the United States and more than 30 countries have attended the program since 1979.

–Ken Swisher