Michael Govan, who has led the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for five years, has renewed his contract as LACMA director through June 30, 2016.
Govan's initial contract as museum leader had been due to expire April 1, 2011. In fulfilling that contract, he has earned a $1-million bonus promised when he was hired. His 2008-09 earnings, bonuses and benefits totaled $1.27 million, according to the museum's most recent available tax return. Of that, $208,000 was a government salary and benefits as a Los Angeles County department head; the rest was paid by the private, nonprofit organization that operates the county-owned museum.