Local Arrangements Committee - El Paso Members


Ricardo Romo earned his Ph.D. in history from UCLA (1975). A nationally respected urban historian, Romo is the author of East Los Angeles: History of a Barrio, now in its ninth printing (one in Spanish). Romo served as the fifth president of the University of Texas at San Antonio from 1999 to 2017. He has taught and published in the field of civil rights, Mexican American history, and urban history. Ricardo and his wife Harriett have been recognized for their philanthropy in the arts. Over the past 20 years, they have donated nearly 2,000 Latino art prints and paintings to a dozen museums.

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J. 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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Jesús 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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