Timothy J. Gette
Timothy J. Gette

Institute of Texan Cultures names executive director

By James M. Benavides
Public Affairs Specialist

(Jan. 13, 2009)--UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures announces Timothy J. Gette as the museum's new executive director, after a national search yielded more than 60 candidates. Gette begins his duties Feb. 9.

Gette joins UTSA from the Virginia Museum of Natural History, where he served as executive director since March 2004. He succeeds recently retired John L. Davis, the institute's executive director since 2005.

"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," said Jude Valdez, UTSA vice president for community services. "The search lasted a full year. It was important to us to find an individual with the skills to align the museum's proud legacy with the university's 2016 strategic plan, particularly in the areas of education and community outreach."

Gette's museum background includes positions as chief operating officer of the Dallas Museum of Natural History (1999-2003) and director of operations of the Sixth Floor Museum (1997-1999) at Dealey Plaza in Dallas.

Gette received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Angelo State University in San Angelo and a master's in management from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

"I am very pleased to have been selected executive director of UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures," said Gette. "I look forward to coming home to Texas after five years in Virginia. The ITC has told the story of Texans and our cultures since 1968, and I am motivated by the prospect of finding fresh new ways to share these important accounts while identifying new stories that need to be told."

Established as the Texas State Exhibits Building for HemisFair in 1968 and later designated a campus of The University of Texas at San Antonio, UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures tells the stories of Texas' diverse citizens and invites guests to join in the celebration of Texas' multicultural heritage. Home to the Texas Folklife Festival, Asian Festival and other cultural events, the museum offers a greater understanding of the influence of multiculturalism in the Lone Star State. Information on resources for multiple audiences is available at the Institute of Texan Cultures Web site.

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