Barry Munitz, Executive Committee, is Chancellor Emeritus of the California State University System, President of the Cotsen Foundations for the Art of Teaching and for Academic Research, and Senior Advisor to the Milken Institute. Munitz served as President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, overseeing the two museums, the Foundation, the Research and the Conservation Institutes, and managing the endowment portfolio. At California State University, he supervised the expansion from 18 to 23 campuses, with student enrollment now reaching over one half million, and more than 50,000 employees.
As a corporate executive for a decade, he was President of Federated Development, and vice chairman of the publicly held Maxxam Corporation, a natural resources, finance, and real estate holding company. He was the founding (and the only) chair of California’s P-16 Council, a group of education, business, and community leaders charged with developing strategies to improve education from preschool through post-graduate, while also chairing the California Education Roundtable. He is the vice chair of the Broad Family Education Foundation (TBC), was a 20-year director at Navient (formerly Sallie Mae), is a corporate director for Rocky Mountain Resources, was a public director of the Sun America Corporation, Kaufman & Broad, and LeapFrog Incorporated, and chaired the board of trustees at Sierra Nevada College and the American Council of Education.
Munitz is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and held the White House seat on the Congressional Higher Education Cost Commission. He was Chancellor of the University of Houston and academic vice president of the University of Illinois system. He received a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Princeton University, after a Baccalaureate degree at Brooklyn College, and holds honorary degrees from Whittier College, Claremont Graduate University, the California State University, the University of Southern California, Notre Dame, Pepperdine, and the University of Edinburgh.