July 17, 2019

Mary Schmidt Campbell Joins J. Paul Getty Trust's Board of Trustees

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA—The J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles has announced that Mary Schmidt Campbell, the president of Spelman College in Atlanta, has been elected to its board of trustees. Prior to working at Spelman, a historically black liberal arts college, Schmidt Campbell served as the dean of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for more than two decades.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Campbell to the Getty board,” said board chair David Lee. “Her wealth of experience and leadership in the arts and philanthropy make her an invaluable addition.” James Cuno, president and CEO of the Getty, added: “Dr. Campbell is a renowned educational leader and scholar, and has been deeply involved in the development of the Getty’s African American Art History Initiative.”

An art historian, Schmidt Campbell began her career in the New York art world as executive director of the Studio Museum in Harlem and was commissioner of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs under two mayors. She was also appointed vice chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities by Barack Obama in 2009. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and currently sits on the boards of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the High Museum of Art.

Commenting on her new role, Schmidt Campbell said: “I am thrilled to join the Getty Center board at such a historic moment. A leading global center of the arts, the Getty is expansive and innovative in its programs. I am especially excited about the Getty Research Institute’s initiative to document the oral history of artists of the African diaspora, making it a major resource for scholars and researchers in the field.”

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