Timothy Potts will start as director of the Getty Museum in September.

Timothy Potts will start as director of the Getty Museum in September. (Ron T. Ennis / Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron T. Ennis / Fort Worth Star-Telegram / March 1, 2006)

 
Over the last five years, the J. Paul Getty Museum has earned a reputation as a leading reformer on a topic that has embroiled American museums in scandal for the past decade: the acquisition of recently looted antiquities.

After evidence of the museum's longtime participation in the illicit trade was uncovered by Italian and Greek investigators, the Getty agreed to return 49 of its most prized pieces of ancient art, cultivated collaborative relationships with those countries and adopted a strict acquisition policy, setting a standard that has been adopted by museums across the country.