Publications Committee Members
Walter L. Buenger (Chair)
Walter Buenger, Ph.D., is TSHA’s Chief Historian, responsible for the Association’s scholarly mission and providing academic oversight to its programs. He is also the inaugural Summerlee Foundation Lone Star Chair in Texas History at The University of Texas at Austin. Beunger was elected a TSHA Fellow in 2000, and he served as TSHA President in 2009-2010. The author of numerous books and articles, Buenger was awarded the Coral H. Tullis Award in 2001 for his book, The Path to a Modern South: Texas between Reconstruction and the Great Depression. A native of West Texas, Buengerreceived his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1979. Soon afterward, he began teaching at Texas A&M University where he remained until 2017. While there, he gave courses in U.S. history, the history of the South, and Texas history, and served as chair of the history department. His own area of research focuses on comparative border studies, the South, and Texas since 1820. He is currently working on a project researching the relationship between history and memory in Texas after 1820.
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.
Frances Brannen Vick was born in Trinity, Texas, August 14, 1935. She moved with her family to Lake Jackson, Texas in 1944 and graduated from Brazosport High School in 1953. She holds a B.A. degree in English 1958 from The University of Texas at Austin, a M.A. degree in English 1969 from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) from the University of North Texas, 2000.
She founded E-Heart Press in 1979–1987 and is the retired director and co-founder of the University of North Texas Press 1987–2000. She taught English at Stephen F. Austin State University, Angelina College and Baylor University before turning to publishing.
She served as president of Texas Institute of Letters 2006–2008; president of Texas State Historical Association 2008, Board member 2004–2010; president of The Philosophical Society of Texas 2012, Board until 2021; Fellow of the Texas Folklore Society 2008 and Texas State Historical Association; Pro Bene Meritis Liberal Arts Award from The University of Texas at Austin, the highest award given by that college 2009; The Humanities Texas Award 2009. She served as interim Secretary-Editor of the Texas Folklore Society 2019–2021. She serves on the Development Board, and the College of Liberal Arts Advisory Board at The University of Texas at Austin, the Texas A&M University Press Advisory Board, and TWU Advisory Council of the Institute for Women’s Leadership.
In retirement, she has written One Hundred Years of “The Eyes of Texas” for the University of Texas Exes, Life Member 18,676; co-authored Petra's Legacy: The South Texas Ranching Empire of Petra Vela and Mifflin Kenedy, which won the Coral Horton Tullis Award for best book on Texas history from Texas State Historical Association; editor of Literary Dallas; co-authored Letters to Alice: Birth of the Kleberg–King Ranch Dynasty; editor of Texas Folklore Society Publications,The Family Saga: A Collection of Texas Family Legends, and Tales of Texas Cooking: Stories and Recipes from the Trans-Pecos to the Piney Woods and High Plains to the Gulf Prairies; co-authored Dr. Arthur Spohn: Surgeon, Inventor, and Texas Medical Pioneer; written chapters in Texas Women Writers, Texas Women on the Cattle Trails, and Notes from Texas Writers. (photo by Nancy Campbell)
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.