Texas State Historical Association appoints new executive director

Posted at 3:31 PM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 16:31:39-05

The Board of Directors of the Texas State Historical Association has appointed Dr. William “Bill” Ellis as the new executive director of TSHA.

Ellis becomes the 15th executive director in the Association’s 123-year history.

As executive director, Ellis will work closely with Chief Historian Dr. Walter Buenger to guide the Association’s publication and education programs in the new decade.

TSHA works to "further the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of the rich and unique history of Texas through research, writing, publication, and educational programs."

Ellis most recently served as president of Howard Payne University in Brownwood, a position he held for almost 10 years prior to announcing his retirement from the university.

Ellis said, “I am extremely excited to join the TSHA team. I have known of the Association since my undergraduate days at Hardin-Simmons University, when I was a student of Dr. Rupert Richardson [TSHA fellow and president from 1969-70]. I am deeply honored to be selected as executive director, and I look forward to working with our distinguished board and to meeting the TSHA membership at our Annual Meeting in Austin. My goals are to support and sustain all the many things that we do so well in publishing and education, and to expand the reputation and footprint of TSHA around the state.”

Ellis succeeds outgoing TSHA Chief Executive Officer Dr. Jesús “Frank” de la Teja.