Campbell Named First Lone Star Professor of Texas History
Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell, TSHA Chief Historian and Regents Professor of History at the University of North Texas, was appointed as the first Lone Star Professor of Texas History. Michael Monticino, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UNT, announced the professorship and Campbell’s appointment during the TSHA Annual Meeting in El Paso.
J. P. Bryan, Mike Campbell, and Michael Monticino (l-r)
As part of TSHA's contract with the University of North Texas, the Association agreed to raise funds in support of an endowment to create a chair in Texas History at UNT. The Texas History Professorship was established at the fulfillment of TSHA’s initial obligation due to the efforts of J.P. Bryan, Chair of the Development Committee and Honorary Lifetime Board Member. His contribution joined those of John Middleton, Margaret Vonder Hoya, Jeff Haynes, Ralph Thomas, Chris Reeder, and Monroe Garrison in raising $750,000 toward the endowment.
As Chief Historian of the TSHA, Campbell is the editor of the Handbook of Texas Online. With more than 25,000 articles on all aspects of Texas history, the online Handbook receives millions of unique visits each year from all over the world. He is also the editor of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, which has been continually published since 1897 and is the premier source of scholarly information about Texas and Southwest history.
Campbell began his career researching Southern history and has authored many books and articles including Gone to Texas: A History of the Lone Star State and An Empire for Slavery: The Peculiar Institution in Texas, 1821 - 1865. Both are regularly used in university history courses around the state and have received accolades and awards.
Long before assuming the position as the Chief Historian, Campbell has received numerous TSHA honors and awards. Named a Fellow of the Association in 1985, he received the H. Bailey Carroll Award for Best Article in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly in 1968 and in 1990, and was awarded the 1989 Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize for Best Book on Texas History for An Empire for Slavery. Campbell, in turn, served as Board President in 1993-1994 and has continually taken leadership roles with the Board and on numerous committees through the years.
During the announcement celebration, Kent Calder, Executive Director, offered a toast to Campbell and his appointment as the first Lone Star in Texas History Professor. All in attendance and numerous others have offered their congratulations.