LOS ANGELES (CN) – California State University’s board of trustees did not violate state law when they met in a closed session to discuss former CSU Chancellor Barry Munitz’s decision to return from his post at the Getty Museum to teach at the Los Angeles campus, a California appeals court ruled.
Barry Munitz resigned as chancellor of CSU in 1998 in order to serve as president of the J. Paul Getty Trust overseeing the Getty Museum. CSU gave him yearly leaves of absence in case he wanted to return as a trustee professor if he ever left the Getty. His time at the Getty was reportedly marked by controversy, forcing him to resign in 2006 amid accusations of questionable spending practices.
John Travis, president of the California Faculty Association, challenged the board’s closed-door decision to bring back Munitz, claiming it violated the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act.
But the court determined that the closed meeting did not violate state law because it fell within an exception for personnel discussions.