Monte L. Monroe was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday.
WHAT: Newly appointed Texas State Historian Monte L. Monroe, archivist for the Texas Tech University Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, will be available to speak to media about his new position.
WHEN: 2 p.m. Friday (Sept. 28)
WHERE: Formby Room, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, 2805 15th St.
EVENT: On Wednesday (Sept. 26), Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Monroe as the Texas State Historian. In that role, Monroe is responsible for increasing public knowledge about the rich and diverse history of the state, encouraging the teaching of Texas history in public schools, consulting with state leaders to promote Texas history and making presentations on Texas history topics. His term lasts until Sept. 26, 2020.
As a former editor of the West Texas Historical Review, he has taught and published widely on Texas history. He serves on the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board, the boards of the West and East Texas Historical Associations, is chairman of the Texas State Historical Association Archives Committee, is on the Executive Advisory Committee of the Handbook of Texas Women Online and is a former board member for the Texas Map Society.
He is a founding board member of the Humanities Center at Texas Tech, president of the Rotary Club of Lubbock Foundation, former president of the Downtown Rotary Club of Lubbock and president of The Meriwether Society, Inc. He was formerly Secretary General of the Pan American Taekwondo Union, an International Master Instructor and International Referee in Taekwondo, and officiated that sport at the Seoul and Barcelona Olympic Games.
Monroe received a bachelor's degree in literature and history from Stephen F. Austin State University and a master's degree and doctorate in history from Texas Tech.
CONTACT: Glenys Young, media relations specialist, Office of Communications & Marketing, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2136 or firstname.lastname@example.org