Dates of office: 2007 - 2012
Timothy Potts was educated at the University of Sydney (B.A. Hons.) and holds a D.Phil. in Near Eastern art and archaeology from the University of Oxford, where he was a research lecturer and British Academy Research Fellow in Near Eastern Archaeology and Art at Christ Church (1985–90). His research interests are Ancient Near Eastern art history, archaeology and history; museology; and the classical tradition in western art.
Dr Potts acted as co-director of the University of Sydney excavations at Pella, Jordan, from 1982 to 1989. He worked at Lehman Brothers in New York from 1990 to 1994, following which he became director of the National Gallery of Victoria (1994–8). In conjunction with this directorship, he was Adjunct Professor at La Trobe University, and a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He was the Director of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas from 1998 to 2007, and the Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum from 2007 to 2012.He is currently director of the J. Paul Getty Museum in California.