Harold M. Williams

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Harold M. Williams
Securities and Exchange Commission Chair
In office
Preceded by Roderick M. Hills
Succeeded by John S.R. Shad

Harold Marvin Williams (born January 5, 1928)[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.

Early life



When Williams came to UCLA as the Dean of the Graduate School of Management it had renowned faculty but was not considered a top school. A Business school emblem was Joe Bruin asleep at a desk with cob webs growing from his chair to the floor Williams changed this by making GSM the only public Business school ranked in the top ten in the US.


Regents of the University of California

J. Paul Getty Trust

Williams became president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1981,[2] and when the use of the name "J. Paul Getty Trust" was authorized,[3] Williams became the first president and CEO of the Trust. During his 1981-1998 tenure, his major accomplishment was "presid[ing] over the planning and construction of the Getty Center".[4] By the time Williams announced his retirement in 1996, the Trust's endowment had risen from $1.2 billion to almost $4 billion.[4] He was succeeded by Barry Munitz in 1998.[5]



  • 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. [1]
  2. Former SEC Chief Will Head Getty Museum. Los Angeles Times, March 4, 1981.
  3. Byrne, Richard P. Order authorizing the use of the name "The J. Paul Getty Trust" (1983). Retrieved August 30, 2008.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Muchnic, Suzanne. Harold Williams to Retire; Led Getty Trust Growth Era. Los Angeles Times, June 11, 1996.
  5. Sterngold, James. Getty Center Calling On Its Neighbors. New York Times, December 3, 1998.
  6. Harold M Williams - Skadden, Arps
Government offices
Preceded by
Roderick M. Hills
Securities and Exchange Commission Chair
1977 – 1981
Succeeded by
John S.R. Shad