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Getty director tapped to lead National Trust board

Timothy Whalen
Timothy Whalen
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Timothy Whalen, director of the Getty Conservation Institute, has been elected to serve for three years as the Chair of the National Trust's Board of Trustees, the organization announced Thursday. 

His appointment begins on Oct. 15.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a non-profit that works to preserve many of America's historic places. The group is launching a new program to preserve "places that represent the diversity of the American experience," according to a press release. 

“Tim’s innovative approach to preservation strategies and his demonstrated leadership abilities make him the ideal person to chair our Board,” said Stephanie K. Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in a statement. “He understands the enormous potential of preservation to respond to the issues cities face today."

Whalen has directed the Getty Conservation Institute since 1998, where he leads efforts to advance conservation in visual art. He has also worked with the National Trust since 1999, first serving as an advisor and later as a member of the organization's Board of Trustees.