John B. Hightower
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Hightower was born in Atlanta, Georgia and moved with his family to New York City, New York when he was one. He attended the Northfield Mount Hermon School, a private boarding school in Massachusetts. He graduated Yale University in 1955. He served two years in the Marines after graduation. From 1957 to 1961 he was in an executive training program at First National City Bank. In 1961 he became an assistant to the president and publisher of American Heritage Publishing Company.
He was executive director of the New York State Council on the Arts from 1964 to 1970 where his budget went from $500,000 his first year to $22 million his last year. On May, 1 1970 he assumed the position of director of the Museum of Modern Art. 
Hightower's tenure at the museum was marked by the unionizing of its work force into the Professional and Administrative Staff Association (PASTA) which also went on strike. .
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