Just as blogger Lee Rosenbaum said yesterday, the Getty announced today that the museum's new director is Timothy Potts. He has been director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, since January 2008. Before that the Australian was director of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, and director of the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Potts is a specialist in ancient art. From his Getty bio:
Born in Sydney, Australia, Potts received his BA (Hons) from Sydney University and his doctorate in ancient Near Eastern art and archaeology from the University of Oxford. He has undertaken research and published widely on the art and cultures of the Near East and the Mediterranean world. Recent studies have focused on Mesopotamian art, history and historiography; the origins and spread of writing in the ancient world; and antiquities and cultural patrimony. Potts has conducted archaeological excavations in Jordan, Iraq and Greece.