Almanac Committee Members
Nancy Baker Jones (Chair)
Nancy Baker Jones is president of the Ruthe Winegarten Foundation for Texas Women’s History, Austin, which sponsors the Ellen Temple Research Fellowship and the Women in Texas History book series (Texas A&M University Press), for which Jones is a general editor. Its multi-year radio series won the 2012 Outstanding Public History Award from the National Council on Public History. Jones earned the Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Texas at Austin. She and Winegarten wrote Capitol Women: Texas Female Legislators 1923-1999, which won the 2000 Liz Carpenter Award, and with Fane Downs she edited Women & Texas History: Selected Essays. She was research director for The New Handbook of Texas and taught women's history at St. Edward's University. She serves on the Community Advisory Board for the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for the Study of Women and Gender. Her publications include "Ruthe Winegarten" in Writing the Story of Texas; “The Way We Were: Gender and the Woman’s Pavilion, HemisFair ’68,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly (2016); and “Making Texas Our Texas: The Emergence of Texas Women’s History, 1976-1990,” SHQ (2017). She is a Fellow of the TSHA and book review editor for the SHQ. She is currently contributing to the creation of an historical documentary about the woman suffrage movement in Texas for release in 2020.
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.
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)
Rosie Hatch grew up on the Gulf Coast, where she was a leader in the local 4-H club and competed in regional and statewide horse shows for both 4-H and the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). She graduated with a B.A. in English and Technical Writing from the University of North Texas, then spent a year studying linguistics at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. After returning to Texas she settled in Austin and joined the TSHA as managing editor of the Texas Almanac in 2017.