Timothy Joseph Eugene Gette
Prior to retirement, he served as Executive Director of the Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC) a part of The University of Texas at San Antonio, Executive Director of the Virginia Museum of Natural History and Chief Executive Officer of the Virginia Museum of Natural History Foundation, Chief Operating Officer at the Dallas Museum of Natural History and Director of Operations for The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas.
A Vietnam-era veteran, Gette served in the United States Air Force from 1970-74 and then spent more than ten years in the aviation industry with Bell Helicopter Textron of Fort Worth, Texas, which included nearly three years in Iran, where he was manager of advertising and sales promotion.
In 1985, he started his own company, Exhibition Services Inc., which specialized assisting aviation companies manage their international exhibit programs at the Paris Air Show,
Farnborough Air Show and others.
Gette started his museum career in 1990 when he became project director of the blockbuster Soviet Space Exhibit for the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and that was followed by a similar role for the Catherine the Great Exhibit for the Dallas Historical Society.
He holds a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, and a bachelor’s degree from Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas. While attending Angelo State, he was a Millard Cope Scholar, served on both the newspaper and yearbook staffs and worked as a reporter for the San Angelo Standard-Times.
He also served as editor of the Pensador magazine while attending ASU and was a cheerleader. He was a founding father of the Beta-Alpha chapter of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity at Angelo State and was honored with initiate number Beta-Alpha 0001. He also served on the Board of Directors for the ASU Alumni Association. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Arlington (TX) Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Arlington Texas Landmark Preservation Commission, the Board of Directors for the Martinsville/Henry (VA) County Chamber of Commerce and he was an active member of Rotary International in both Martinsville, Virginia and Arlington, Texas.
Gette and his wife, Kristi, have been married since 1977 and maintain residences in both San Antonio, TX and Arlington, TX. They have two adult children—Brent and Rebecca.