San Jacinto Symposium Committee Members
Jesús "Frank" de la Teja (Chair)
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.
James E. Crisp, Professor Emeritus of History at North Carolina State University, has been researching and writing about the era of the Texas Revolution for more than fifty years. He is a Fellow of the TSHA and a winner of the T. R. Fehrenbach Award for his book Sleuthing the Alamo.
Gene B. Preuss, Ph. D. is a native of Central Texas, and came to UHD in 2004. He has taught at Texas Tech University, Texas Southern University, and for the Lone Star Community College District. At UHD, he has served on various departmental and university-wide committees, and was Special Assistant to the President from 2014 – 2016; Faculty Senate President; History program coordinator; and has worked on several student success projects, including the director of the Achieving the Dream student success initiative from 2007 – 2011; co-chaired the High Impact-Practices Committee from 2011-13;and as a co-investigator on a Title V grant. He is a member of the Houston Independent School District's Hispanic Advisory Committee, and active in state, regional, and national history organizations, has served on numerous committees of the East Texas Historical Association, and the Texas State Historical Association, the board of the West Texas Historical Association, was president of H-NET Council, and was president of the East Texas Historical Association.
He has served as faculty advisor for Phi Alpha Theta, the International History Honors Society; the Garna Christian Chapter of the Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society, and the campus League of United Latin American Citizens, and Student Government Association.