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January 13, 2009

News Article: San Antonio Business Journal

San Antonio Business Journal
Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The University of Texas at San Antonio's (UTSA) Institute of Texan Cultures has hired Timothy J. Gette as the museum's new executive director.

He will begin officially on Feb. 9. Gette worked previously as the executive director of the Virginia Museum of Natural History , a position he held since March 2004. Gette is replacing John L. Davis, who recently retired.

"Our search committee embarked on a comprehensive review of outstanding local and national candidates and agreed overwhelmingly that Tim's experience leading state and private museums makes him uniquely qualified to take the university's museum to the next level," says UTSA Vice President for Community Services Jude Valdez.

The search committee examined more than 60 candidates following a national search.

One of Gette's major focuses will be the implementation of the university's 2016 strategic plan, which involves the museum playing an even more prominent role in the areas of education and community outreach.

Gette is not new to the museum world or the state. A native Texan, he also previously served as chief operating officer of the Dallas Museum of Natural History and director of operations of the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas.

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