Monte L. Monroe will serve until Sept. 26, 2020.
Gov. Greg Abbott today (Sept. 26) appointed Texas Tech University faculty member Monte L. 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.
Monroe is the archivist for the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech. 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.
His term as Texas State Historian lasts until Sept. 26, 2020.