Board Biographies

OFFICERS

Emilio Zamora , President

Austin

Emilio ZamoraEmilio Zamora is a professor in the Department of History at The University of Texas at Austin. He specializes in Mexican American history, Texas history, oral history, and transnational (U.S./Mexico) working class history. His latest publications are Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs in Texas, Mexican Job Politics during World War II and Beyond the Latino World War II Hero: The Social and Political Legacy of a Generation (co-edited with Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez). Zamora has served as the Vice Chair of the advisory board of the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC, Austin), and a member of the advisory board of the Hispanic Texas History Project, a statewide archival collection program with the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project based at the University of Houston. Zamora also serves as a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association and as a Fellow of the Barbara White Stuart Centennial Professorship in Texas history at The University of Texas.

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Mary Margaret McAllen , First Vice President

San Antonio

Mary Margaret AmbersonA seventh generation Texan with roots deriving from Spanish and Mexican traditions, Mary Margaret McAllen was raised on a South Texas cattle ranch belonging to her family since 1790. She writes the history of the region viewed though the families of South Texas and notable military, political, and community leaders and told against the backdrop of the social, economic and political history of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English and M.A. in History from the University of Texas at San Antonio, she assisted in compiling the New Handbook of Texas. Her first book, I Would Rather Sleep in Texas, began with research conducted by her grandmother, Margaret H. McAllen and her father James A. McAllen. It won the San Antonio Conservation Society Publication Award. Her newest book, A Brave Boy and A Good Soldier: John C. C. Hill and the Texas Expedition to Mier, tells the 1842 biography of a young Texan captured in battle and later adopted by Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.

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Patrick Cox , Second Vice President

Wimberley

Patrick CoxPatrick Cox, Ph.D. of Wimberley, Texas is an award-winning and nationally recognized historian, author and conservationist with a record of service, policy development and implementation. A sixth generation Texan who resides with his wife Brenda in Wimberley, Texas, he is President of Patrick Cox Consultants, LLC. His firm specializes in historical and environmental publications and projects. Dr. Cox received his Ph.D. in history and his B.A. in history from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his M.A. in History with Honors from Texas State University. Selected publications include: Ralph W. Yarborough, The People’s Senator; Tom Sealy – A Man of Action; Ranching in the Wild Horse Desert; The House Will Come to Order; and The First Texas News Barons. Service and publication awards include: Texas State Historical Association Fellow; East Texas Historical Association Fellow; Texas Institute of Letters; Distinguished Alumni Award - Texas State University; Distinguished Alumni - Texas State University College of Liberal Arts; Texas Oral History Award, San Antonio Conservation Society Book Award, the American Journalism Historians Association – President’s Award; the Philosophical Society of Texas; and the Melvin Jones Humanitarian Award from the Lions International Foundation.

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Sarita Hixon, Past President (2018)

Houston

Sarita HixonSarita Armstrong Hixon of Armstrong and Houston, serves as a County Commissioner of Kenedy County. Proudly following in the footsteps of her mother, Ambassador Anne Armstrong, Ms. Hixon was appointed to fill her mother’s position as a County Commissioner and was re-elected to the office. For over 150 years, her family has owned The Armstrong Ranch—a working ranch in Kenedy County, where Ms. Hixon grew up and which she now co-manages. Ms. Hixon serves on the board of trustees of the Texas State History Museum Foundation, the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission and the Houston Hospice. Ms. Hixon was appointed to the Texas Historical Commission in 2005 and served until 2011. She is a former Chairman of the San Jacinto Museum of History Association and currently serves on their advisory board. She also previously served on the San Jacinto Historical Advisory Board, and on the board of trustees of the Friends of Communities in Schools in Houston. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she received her law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Owen D. Cox, United States District Judge, Southern District of Texas and was an associate attorney with the Houston law firm of Andrews & Kurth, LLP.

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Paula Mitchell Marks, Past President (2017)

Austin

Paula Mitchell MarksPaula Marks, Professor Emerita of American Studies at St. Edward’s University, received her doctorate from the University of Texas with concentrations in U.S. women’s history, history of the American West, and American literature. Her dissertation research on nineteenth-century San Antonio residents Samuel and Mary Adams Maverick, published as the dual biography Turn Your Eyes Toward Texas, was awarded TSHA’s Kate Broocks Bates Award and the Texas Historical Commission’s T. R. Fehrenbach Award. Among her other publications, she co-wrote a Texas history textbook. Dr. Marks has served on the boards of the Western Writers of America and the Texas Institute of Letters. She has worked as a consultant and special exhibit curator with the Bullock Texas State History Museum, and she has served as an associate dean, acting dean, and program director at St. Edward’s. In 2013, she received the national Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs Faculty Award for graduate teaching. She is a TSHA Fellow, active in the organization for three decades.  Her current research interests include public history and Texas women’s history.

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Thomas R. Phillips, Secretary

Austin

Thomas R. PhillipsThomas R. Phillips is a lawyer in the Austin office of Baker Botts L.L.P., concentrating in appellate litigation and alternative dispute resolution. A native of Dallas, Phillips earned a B.A. from Baylor University in 1971 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1974. After serving as a law clerk to Texas Supreme Court Justice Ruel C. Walker and practicing law in Houston, he was a district judge in Harris County from 1981-88 and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas from 1988-2004. After leaving the bench, he taught law school for one year in Houston and in Dallas before returning to private practice. Phillips served on the Texas Historical Commission from 2005-12 and has been a longtime director of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society. He and his wife, Lyn, lived for many years in an antebellum home in Bastrop, where he served on the board of the county historical association. They have two sons and three grandchildren.

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R. Lance Lolley, (2019-2022) Treasurer

Austin

R. Lance Lolley R. Lance Lolley is the managing partner of the accounting firm Lolley & Associates. He has more than thirty-five years of experience in public accounting and focuses his practice on closely held businesses. He consults with and advises business owners on taxation, financial reporting, and estate planning. Additionally, he has substantial practice focus in advising not-for-profit organizations. Lolley earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of North Texas and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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BOARD MEMBERS

Jessica Brannon-Wranosky (2018-2021) Second Term

McKinney

Jessica Brannon-WranoskyJessica Brannon-Wranosky is an associate professor of history at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of North Texas. Dr. Brannon-Wranosky specializes in women, gender and sexuality history and digital humanities applications. Her work has appeared in a number of regional and national academic journals, anthologies, and a variety of online digital publications and exhibits. Her most recent publications include Impeached: The Removal of Texas Governor James E. Ferguson, A Centennial Examination coedited with Bruce A. Glasrud, (Texas A&M University Press, forthcoming 2017), and essays by her in Texas Women/American Women: Their Lives and Times (University of Georgia Press, 2015)—a 2016 winner of the Liz Carpenter Award, Discovering Texas History (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014), and This Corner of Canaan: Essays on Texas in Honor of Randolph B. Campbell (University of North Texas Press, 2013). Dr. Brannon-Wranosky has received several awards for her research including TSHA’s John H. Jenkins Award in 2015 and the Texas Oral History Association’s Best Article Award in 2016. She is currently working on a book project that examines southern state legislatures’ regulation of sexuality, sexual violence, and women’s reproductive health from 1870-1975.

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H. Scott Caven Jr. (2019-2022) Second Term

Houston

Scott CavenH. Scott Caven Jr. is a senior relationship manager and head of Atlantic Trust's Houston office, with more than 45 years of experience in the financial services industry. Scott's primary responsibilities include overseeing the firm's client service and new business efforts for the Texas region. Prior to joining the firm in 2003, he held a number of positions with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Dallas and Houston, including vice president and regional manager for Houston, south Texas and Mexico. Scott earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Texas School of Law. Previously, he served as chairman and as a member of the board of regents of the University of Texas System and also chairman of the board of directors of the University of Texas Investment Management Co. (UTIMCO), one of the largest university system endowment funds in the U.S.

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Stephanie Cole (2018-2021)

Arlington

Dr. Stephanie ColeStephanie Cole is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she teaches courses in women’s history, the history of work and leisure, and how to teach college history. She also serves as the graduate advisor for the UTA’s History MA program. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida, and has research interests in southern and Texas women’s history, the history of women and work, and American regionalism. Her recent publications include Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives, which she co-edited with Elizabeth Hayes Turner and Rebecca Sharpless, and which won the Liz Carpenter Prize in 2016, and “Servants and Slaves in Louisville: Race, Ethnicity, and Household Labor in an Antebellum Border City” which won Ohio Valley History’s best article prize in 2014. Professional elected and appointed positions include those for the Southern Historical Association, the Southern Association for Women Historians, the Organization of American Historians, the National Women’s History Museum, and the Advisory Board for Archives of Women of the Southwest at SMU’s DeGolyer Library.

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Sean Cunningham (2017-2020)

Lubbock

Dr. Sean Cunningham Sean P. Cunningham is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Texas Tech University.  He received his Ph.D. in Modern American History from the University of Florida in 2007.  His first book, Cowboy Conservatism: Texas and the Rise of the Modern Right, was published in 2010, and his second book, American Politics in the Postwar Sunbelt: Conservative Growth in a Battleground Region, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014.  His current research explores the Texas Democratic Party’s relationship with FDR during the 1930s and early 1940s, with particular interest in the New Deal’s impact on state and local campaign strategies.  Cunningham teaches courses in Texas history, modern American political history, and the history of modern conservatism.  In 2013, Texas Tech honored him with the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Carlos R. Hamilton, Jr. (2018-2021)

Houston

Carlos R. Hamilton, Jr.Carlos R. Hamilton Jr., M.D., is Special Advisor to the President of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and Professor of Medicine at the U.T. McGovern Medical School. He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin and Baylor College of Medicine. After fellowships at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital, he served on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins Medical School and at the Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center. For 25 years he was a practicing internist and endocrinologist on the clinical faculty of Baylor College of Medicine before he assumed his present positions. He has long-standing interests in the individual stories that comprise the historical tapestry and has published A Rose Blooms in Texas, the story of two young Texans who came of age during the Civil War era. He is the fourth of five generations of Texas physicians.

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Kent Hance (2019-2022)

Austin

Kent HanceKent R. Hance is native of Dimmitt, Texas, and the founding partner of the Austin law firm Hance Scarborough, L.L.P. Hance earned a B.B.A. from Texas Tech University and a law degree from the University of Texas. After working on the campaign of former governor Preston Smith, Hance worked in private practice and as a law professor at Texas Tech. In 1974, Hance was elected to represent the Lubbock area in the Texas State Senate, and in 1978 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. As a congressman, Hance authored and won passage of President Ronald Reagan’s tax cut plan. After leaving Congress, Hance served as a commissioner and chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission. From 2006 to 2014, Hance served his alma mater as Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System, helping raise more than $1.2 billion and increasing the system’s student enrollment by 45%. Hance currently serves as Chancellor Emeritus of Texas Tech, teaches a seminar class on leadership at Texas Tech, and works at his law firm representing clients in Texas and Washington, D.C.

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Nancy Baker Jones (2019-2022)

Austin

Nancy Baker Jones is president of the Ruthe Winegarten Foundation for Texas Women’s History, Austin, which sponsors the Ellen Temple Research Fellowship and the Women in Texas History book series (Texas A&M University Press), for which Jones is a general editor. Its multi-year radio series won the 2012 Outstanding Public History Award from the National Council on Public History. Jones earned the Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Texas at Austin. She and Winegarten wrote Capitol Women: Texas Female Legislators 1923-1999, which won the 2000 Liz Carpenter Award, and with Fane Downs she edited Women & Texas History: Selected Essays. She was research director for The New Handbook of Texas and taught women's history at St. Edward's University. She serves on the Community Advisory Board for the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for the Study of Women and Gender. Her publications include "Ruthe Winegarten" in Writing the Story of Texas; “The Way We Were: Gender and the Woman’s Pavilion, HemisFair ’68,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly (2016); and “Making Texas Our Texas: The Emergence of Texas Women’s History, 1976-1990,” SHQ (2017). She is a Fellow of the TSHA and book review editor for the SHQ. She is currently contributing to the creation of an historical documentary about the woman suffrage movement in Texas for release in 2020.

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Larry Ketchersid (2018-2021)

Austin

Mr. Larry KetchersidLarry Ketchersid is the CEO of Media Sourcery, Inc., a security software and services company. He and his wife Audrey also run JoSara MeDia, an ebook, app and audio book publishing company named after their children, Josh and Sara. The Ketchersids produced the TSHA series of Cotten books as eBooks and audio books. They also developed a multi-media app, San Jacinto, built in partnership with TSHA in the Apple App Store.

Prior to these ventures, Ketchersid worked at several technology startups, preceded by a 15 year stint at Compaq Computer Corporation in Houston. He has degrees in computer science, mathematics and physics from Trinity University in San Antonio. Ketchersid has authored two fiction novels (Dusk Before the Dawn and Software By the Kilo, which includes historical fiction concerning the Italian theater in World War II), a set of memoirs for his parents, several apps in the Apple App Store (including one on rafting the Grand Canyon), and is working on a history of computing featuring many Texas technology companies.

Among other hobbies, Ketchersid is a runner. He participated on Team TSHA in the Texas Independence Relay in 2011 and 2012, and assisted Steve Cook and Andrew Torget in setting up the initial TSHA TIR run.

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Ted Lusher (2017-2020)

Austin

Mr. Ted LusherTed Lusher of Austin is the former CEO of Sell-Thru Services Inc, which was established in 1987. The company analyzes sales along with geographic and demographic information that convenience stores use in determining stock. Ted and his wife, Sharon, are avid collectors of southwestern art and items related to Texas history, with a particular interest in sixteenth- through nineteenth-century spurs. The Lushers have also amassed enviable collections of maps, books, and documents related to Texas and the Southwest. Mr. Lusher has long been active in TSHA’s education programs. He especially enjoys the year-long program for sixth- through twelfth-grade students that culminates in Texas History Day, and he has hosted of the Texas History Day luncheon. He keenly follows TSHA’s Texas Quiz Show program and often attends the live game-show-formatted final rounds.

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Nancy Painter Paup (2017-2020) Second Term

Fort Worth

Nancy Painter PaupNancy P. Paup manages and directs business, real estate, and ranching interests for both Paup Property Management, L.L.C. and Pecan Springs Ranch in Ellis County. A sixth generation Texan, she has a passionate interest in land stewardship, conservation and historical preservation. Her preservation efforts include the granting of two Texas Historical Commission Markers, including The Shawnee Cattle Trail and the Sims Family of Ellis County on the Pecan Springs Ranch.

Paup was appointed in 2013 by former Governor Rick Perry to the Board of Regents of Texas Woman’s University-Denton, Dallas, and Houston, the largest public university primarily for women in the United States. Since 2015, she has served as Chair of Academic Affairs of the Board. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) at The University of Texas at Austin; the Executive Advisory Committee of The Handbook of Texas Women (TSHA); Ex-Officio Advisory Council, Center for Women’s Leadership in Business, Politics and Public Policy at Texas Woman’s University; formerly Advisory Board of the Center for Teaching Excellence, Texas A&M University.

Nancy Paup’s academic degrees include a Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Texas Woman’s University. Post-graduate work includes Fund Raising Certification from Dartmouth College’s Institute of Development; Harvard University’s Executive Education Program on Strategic Leadership; Human Resource Management Professional Counselor Certification from Abilene Christian University; Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas Higher Education Conference, Closing the Gaps by 2015 and Beyond; Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, National Conference on Trusteeship, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018; Member of the Leadership Texas Class of 2003. Also, Nancy Paup is an Ordained Elder in the First Presbyterian Church Fort Worth.

A professional Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) retired, Paup has raised funds for various institutions throughout the state of Texas. As a former member of the Board of Trustees at Schreiner University, she was involved with the recent completion of a $50M capital campaign. Paup spearheaded the membership and corporate development programs at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth. In addition, she has helped raise funds for the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA).

Nancy P. Paup and her husband, Thaddeus Edgar “Ted” Paup reside in Fort Worth. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.

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Trevor Rees-Jones (2018-2021)

Dallas

Trevor Rees-JonesTrevor Rees-Jones, earned a BA from Dartmouth College and JD from SMU School of Law. He is founder and CEO of Dallas-based Chief Oil & Gas LLC, and CEO of Rees-Jones Holdings LLC. Mr. Rees-Jones entered the oil and gas business in 1984 as an independent operator working in exploration and production. In 1994, Mr. Rees-Jones founded Chief Oil & Gas, which was an early operator during the development of the Barnett Shale field in North Texas. Mr. Rees-Jones is past president of both the Dallas Petroleum Club and the Dallas Hardhatters Committee, is a past member of the Board of Trustees at Dartmouth College, and is a member of the TCU Board of Trustees. Mr. Rees-Jones received the Folsom Award for civic and community service in 2011. In 2013, he was presented with the Circle Ten Council Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and was inducted into the Junior Achievement’s Dallas Business Hall of Fame. Mr. Rees-Jones has also been inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame (2014); was recognized by the Texas Oil & Gas Association with its distinguished Service Award (2013). Along with his wife, Jan, Mr. Rees-Jones founded The Rees-Jones Foundation in 2006 to support programs involved in human services for children, youth and families.

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Andrew J. Torget (2019-2022)

Denton

Andrew TorgetAndrew J. Torget is an associate professor at the University of North Texas, where he specializes in Texas, the Old South, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and digital scholarship. The founder and director of numerous digital humanities projects -- including the Digital Austin Papers, Mapping Texts, Texas Slavery Project, and Voting America -- Andrew earned his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and served as the founding director of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond. In 2011, he was named the inaugural David J. Weber Research Fellow at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. His most recent book is Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850, which won numerous book prizes and awards, including the David J. Weber-Clements Center Prize for Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America from the Western Historical Association.

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Alan Tully (2019-2022) Second Term

Austin

Alan TullyAlan Tully, Ph.D, joined the University of Texas at Austin Department of History as the Eugene C. Barker Centennial Professor of American History in 2002. His scholarly field is Early American History. Before coming to the University of Texas, Dr. Tully was Head of History, Coordinator of the International Student Initiative for the Faculty of Arts, and Dean of Arts at the University of British Columbia. He received his Ph.D. in History at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Tully has written two well-known books on colonial political culture, William Penn's Legacy: Politics and Social Structure in Provincial Pennsylvania, 1726-1755 (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1977) and Forming American Politics: Ideals, Interests, and Institutions in Colonial New York and Pennsylvania (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994). He and Texas colleague Robert Olwell have co-edited, Cultures and Identities in Colonial British America (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006, revised edition, 2015).

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Heather Wooten (2019-2022)

Houston

Heather WootenHeather Green Wooten is an adjunct assistant professor for the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) where she teaches courses in medical history and medical ethics. She specializes in the history of disease epidemics, women and medicine and American medical biography. Wooten’s first book, The Polio Years in Texas: Battling a Terrifying Unknown was a recipient of the Mary M. Hughes Research Fellowship, the T. R. Fehrenbach Book Award by the Texas Historical Commission, and ETHA’s Ottis Lock Endowment Award. Recent publications include Old Red: Pioneering Medical Education in Texas for the TSHA Fred Rider Cotten Popular History Series, and Skilled Hands: Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, co-authored with William Henry Kellar. Her latest endeavor involves writing the 50-year history of the Graduate School of the Biomedical Sciences at UTMB. In 2018, Wooten was appointed Project Director for the Handbook of Texas Medicine, currently undergoing development. She is an active member of many regional and state historical organizations, and a past president of the East Texas Historical Association. Wooten earned a Ph.D. in the Medical Humanities from UTMB in 2006.

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Homero S. Vera (2018-2021) Second Term

Premont and Sarita

Homero S. VeraHomero S. Vera is the Chief Ranch Property Officer for the Kenedy Memorial Foundation Ranch and serves concurrently as the Museum Coordinator of the Kenedy Ranch Museum of South Texas. A native of Premont, he attanded Texas A&I University and now lives in Sarita.  Vera has been a regional historian since 1997 when he began editing and publishing El Mesteño Magazine, a publication about the history of the Mexican-Americans of South Texas and Northern Mexico. An eighth generation Tejano, Vera is descended from the early Spanish settlers of Nuevo Santander on the Rio Grande River in Cd. Mier from the 1750s. His family has been into ranching since that time. They moved to Duval County in the late 1850s where they established ranches in the southern part of the county.

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Frank de la Teja, Chief Executive Officer, Ex-Officio

Austin

Frank de la TejaJesús F. "Frank" de la Teja has a lengthy, active relationship with TSHA and its programs. He served as TSHA President in 2007-2008 while simultaneously serving as the inaugural Texas State Historian (2007-2009). For seventeen years, De la Teja was the book review editor of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly and also contributed research articles to the journal. He has long advised on Handbook of Texas projects, most recently with the Handbook of Tejano History. He and his wife established TSHA’s Catarino and Evangelina Hernández Research Fellowship to support research in Latino history in Texas. Named a TSHA Fellow in 2001, De la Teja has published extensively on Spanish, Mexican, and Republic-era Texas. He was the Jerome H. and Catherine E. Supple Professor of Southwestern Studies, Regents’ Professor of History, and Director of the Center for the Study of the Southwest at Texas State University-San Marcos until his retirement in August 2017. De la Teja earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Seton Hall University and his doctorate in colonial Latin American history from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Walter L. Buenger,  Chief Historian, Honorary Life Board Member,

Bryan

Dr. Walter BuengerWalter Buenger, Ph.D., is TSHA’s Chief Historian, responsible for the Association’s scholarly mission and providing academic oversight to its programs. He is also the inaugural Summerlee Foundation Lone Star Chair in Texas History at The University of Texas at Austin. Beunger was elected a TSHA Fellow in 2000, and he served as TSHA President in 2009-2010. The author of numerous books and articles, Buenger was awarded the Coral H. Tullis Award in 2001 for his book, The Path to a Modern South: Texas between Reconstruction and the Great Depression. A native of West Texas, Buengerreceived his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1979. Soon afterward, he began teaching at Texas A&M University where he remained until 2017. While there, he gave courses in U.S. history, the history of the South, and Texas history, and served as chair of the history department. His own area of research focuses on comparative border studies, the South, and Texas since 1820. He is currently working on a project researching the relationship between history and memory in Texas after 1820.

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J. P. Bryan, Honorary Life Board Member

Houston

J. P. BryanJ. P. Bryan and his family have had years of involvement with the Texas State Historical Association and the history of Texas. His uncle, Guy M. Bryan was a founder and Secretary and served on the Board from 1897-1901. His father was President from 1965-1967, and J. P. was President from 1982-83. Recently he raised pledges of $750,000 to fund the Lone Star Chair in Texas History at the University of North Texas, to which he and his wife are contributors. He has raised more funds for the TSHA than anyone in its history. Bryan was first introduced to the TSHA by former TSHA Director, H. Bailey Carroll, for whom he served as a grader while attending The University of Texas in pursuit of his law degree. He is also the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Torch Energy Advisors Incorporated (TEAI) of Houston. In addition to his positions at Torch, Bryan has been actively involve in the oil and gas industry for more than 35 years.

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John W. Crain, Honorary Life Board Member

Dallas

John CrainJohn W. Crain of Dallas is President and CEO of the Summerlee Foundation. He is a Life Member of the TSHA Board of Directors and a past President, having served as the Association's 60th president from 2004-2005. Crain also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Texas Historical Commission and is chair of the Antiquities Advisory Board. Crain serves as an ex-officio member of the Sixth Floor Museum. He is also an advisory director of the Clements Center at SMU and the Friends of the Texas State History Museum. Crain has also served as President of the Texas Map Society. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a master's degree from Southwest Texas State University. Crain holds a Certificate in Arts Administration from Harvard University, a Certificate in Museum Management from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a graduate of the Endowment Institute. He has continued to be a member of a number of learned and honorary societies, including the Philosophical Society of Texas, the Phillip Lee Phillips Society of the Library of Congress and the Sons of the Republic of Texas, Thomas J. Rusk Chapter in Dallas.

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