Harold M. Williams

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Harold M. Williams is "a member of the boards of directors of some two dozen New York Stock Exchange-listed companies."

"As Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Mr. Williams was an advocate of governmental deregulation and reporting simplification, self-regulation by the private sector, and corporate accountability. His speeches on the composition and responsibilities of boards of directors and committees of the boards anticipated many of the corporate governance changes that have occurred in the past two decades...

"Currently President Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Trust, Mr. Williams served as its President from 1981 until 1998. Under his leadership, the Getty Center in Los Angeles was created, and the smaller Getty Museum was transformed into a multifaceted institution.

"Mr. Williams has received honorary degrees from Johns Hopkins University, Occidental College and California State University, Northridge, and he is a recipient of the UCLA Medal, his alma mater’s highest honor. In 1996, the French Government awarded him the title of Officer dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres." [1]

  • Director, The California Endowment (1996-Present); Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project (1995-Present); Public Policy Institute of California (1994-Present)
  • Co-Chair, California Citizens Commission on Higher Education (1996-Present)
  • Governing Board, Alliance for Excellent Education [1]
  • Member, Board of Regents, University of California (1982-1994)
  • Chair, Committee for Effective School Governance (1998-Present)
  • Director, Center for Governmental Studies
  • Advisory Board, Center for Public Integrity

He is currently Of Counsel for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.[2]

Married to Nancy Englander ((then director of the MacDowell Colony) who became his wife in 1987. (Lenzner, 1995) [3]

External links

  • "Biography", Accessed December 2006.
  • Marla Matzer Robert Lenzner, "The building on the hill. (J. Paul Getty's Los Angeles, CA art center developed by trustee Harold M. Williams)", Forbes, 23 October 1995.

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  1. Governing Board, Alliance for Excellent Education, accessed September 20, 2011.