Barry Munitz is currently Trustee Professor at the California State University, Los Angeles campus, while serving as Chairman of the state-wide P-16 Council in California. He served formally as Chancellor of the California State University system, President and Chief Executive Officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust and Chancellor of the University of Houston. He now heads the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Advisory Committee, and chairs the Sierra Nevada College Board of Trustees.
Munitz also currently is a member of the three Eli and Edye Broad Family Foundation Boards (education, health and art), is a corporate director at Sallie Mae and chairs the Finance and Investment Committee for the Cotsen Family Foundation Board. He was Chairman of the American Council of Education Board, served as Vice Chair of the Congressional Cost Commission and chaired the California Education Roundtable. Munitz gained experience in the business world when he left the University of Houston in 1982 to become a senior executive at MAXXAM, Inc. He remained active in a leadership position at the company and served on its board of directors until he joined the California State University in 1991 – the largest senior system of higher education in the United States. He has recently completed terms as a Trustee of Princeton University, the Seattle Art Museum and the Courtauld Institute.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Munitz received a Bachelor’s degree in Classics and Comparative Literature from Brooklyn College before going on to earn a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary degrees from Whittier College, Claremont University, the California State University, Rollins College, the University of Southern California, Notre Dame and the University of Edinburgh.