Governance Committee Members


Joan is a native Texan and grew up in Fort Worth. She did her graduate and undergraduate work at the University of Texas, Austin in economics, art history and business administration. She began her career in banking in Houston but later stepped into the non-profit world, joining the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC. As a Program Officer in the Museum Program, she oversaw funding for nationally significant education and exhibition programs. She has held numerous leadership positions in museums across the country. She managed a successful $25 million endowment campaign for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and oversaw fundraising for the Autry Museum in Los Angeles. She is a former Director of the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, CA, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum. She is currently Director of The Bryan Museum in Galveston and has a strong interest in museum education and public outreach.

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Dr. Carlos Kevin Blanton is currently a Professor of History.  He joined the Aggie community in 2001 from teaching at Portland State University and a PhD at Rice University.  His authored books are The Strange Career of Bilingual Education in Texas, 1836–1981 (TAMU, 2004) and George I. Sánchez:  The Long Fight for Mexican American Integration (Yale, 2014) and he has recently edited A Promising Problem:  The New Chicana/o History (Texas, 2016).  Blanton’s work has been honored with the Coral Horton Tullis Award for best book in Texas history (2005), the Bolton Cutter Award for best article in Borderlands history (2010) and the National Association of Chicana-Chicano Studies best book award (2016).  He has also published in the Journal of Southern History, the Pacific Historical Review, the Western Historical Quarterly, the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, the Teachers College Record, and in other history and interdisciplinary journals.  In the spring of 2017 Blanton will serve as a Glasscock Center for Humanities Research Faculty Fellow as he works on his next book project, Between Black and White:  The Chicana/o in the American Mind.  He enjoys teaching 20th Century U.S, Texas, and Chicana/o history.

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Homero 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 attended 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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Dr. Andrés Tijerina, a native of Ozona, earned his Bachelor's degree from Texas A & M University, Master's from Texas Tech, and Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Following teaching stints at Tech, UT Austin, UT San Antonio, and Texas A & M - Kingsville, Dr. Tijerina joined the faculty of ACC and serves with distinction as Professor of History at the Pinnacle Campus.

Dr. Tijerina is the author of Tejanos and Texas Under the Mexican Flag and Tejano Empire: Life on the South Texas Ranchos. He edited Andrés Saenz's Early Tejano Ranching in Duval County and co-edited Elena Zamora O'Shea's novel entitled El Mesquite. All four works are available through A & M University Press. Organizations such as the Sons of the Republic of Texas, the Texas State Historical Association, and the Texas Historical Commission have officially recognized the significance of such works with the Presidio La Bahía Award, the Kate Broocks Bates Award, and the T. R. Fehrenbach Award.

Dr. Tijerina is a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association and an active presenter to gatherings of historians throughout the state. His writings have appeared as chapters, articles, and book reviews in journals ranging from the Southwestern Historical Quarterly to the American Historical Review.

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Kent 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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