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Harold M. Williams

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Harold M. Williams
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair
In office
April 18, 1977 – March 1, 1981
PresidentJimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
Preceded byRoderick M. Hills
Succeeded byJohn S.R. Shad

Harold Marvin Williams (January 5, 1928 - July 30, 2017)[1] served as chairman of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission between 1977 and 1981. Williams was engaged in extensive public service and support of arts and education.[2]


When Williams returned to UCLA as the dean of the Graduate School of Management in 1970, it had a number of renowned faculty but yet did not enjoy a reputation as a top business school. During Williams's tenure that lasted until 1977, the GSM became the only public university business school ranked in the top ten in the US.

J. Paul Getty Trust

Williams became president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1981.[3] When the J. Paul Getty Trust was established in 1983,[4] Williams also became the first president and CEO of the Trust. During his tenure from 1981 to 1988, his major accomplishment was "presid[ing] over the planning and construction of the Getty Center",[5] and expanding the center's scope to include art research, education, and preservation. By the time Williams announced his retirement in 1996, the Trust's endowment had risen from $1.2 billion to almost $4 billion.[5] He was succeeded by Barry Munitz in 1998.[6]


  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1946
  • J.D., Harvard University, 1949
  • President, Hunt Foods and Industries (1968–1969) and Hunt-Wesson Foods, Inc. (1962–1968)
  • Chairman of the Board, Norton Simon (1969–1970)
  • Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles (1970–1977)
  • Co-Chairman, Public Commission on Los Angeles County Government (1974–1977)
  • Chairman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (1977–1981)
  • Member, Board of Regents, University of California (1982–1994)
  • President of the J. Paul Getty Trust (1981–1998).
  • In charge of the creation of the Getty Center in Los Angeles
  • Member, President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities (appointed by President Clinton) (1993–Present)
  • Director, The California Endowment (1996–Present); Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan
  • Public Policy Institute of California (1994–Present)
  • Co-Chair, California Citizens Commission on Higher Education (1996–Present)
  • Chair, Committee for Effective School Governance (1998–Present)



  1. ^ Who, Marquis Who's (1996). "Who's who in the West".
  2. ^ "Harold Williams, who oversaw construction of the Getty as founding president of J. Paul Getty Trust, dies at 89". The La Times. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  3. ^ Former SEC Chief Will Head Getty Museum. Los Angeles Times, March 4, 1981.
  4. ^ Byrne, Richard P. Order authorizing the use of the name "The J. Paul Getty Trust" (1983). Retrieved August 30, 2008.
  5. ^ a b Muchnic, Suzanne. Harold Williams to Retire; Led Getty Trust Growth Era. Los Angeles Times, June 11, 1996.
  6. ^ Sterngold, James. Getty Center Calling On Its Neighbors. New York Times, December 3, 1998.
  7. ^ Harold M Williams - Skadden, Arps Archived 2008-04-26 at the Wayback Machine
Government offices Preceded byRoderick M. Hills Securities and Exchange Commission Chair1977 – 1981 Succeeded byJohn S.R. Shad
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