Almanac Committee Members


Patrick Cox, Ph.D. of Wimberley, Texas is an award-winning and nationally recognized historian, author and conservationist with a record of service, policy development and implementation. A sixth generation Texan who resides with his wife Brenda in Wimberley, Texas, he is President of Patrick Cox Consultants, LLC. His firm specializes in historical and environmental publications and projects. Dr. Cox received his Ph.D. in history and his B.A. in history from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his M.A. in History with Honors from Texas State University. Selected publications include: Ralph W. Yarborough, The People’s Senator; Tom Sealy – A Man of Action; Ranching in the Wild Horse Desert; The House Will Come to Order; and The First Texas News Barons. Service and publication awards include: Texas State Historical Association Fellow; East Texas Historical Association Fellow; Texas Institute of Letters; Distinguished Alumni Award - Texas State University; Distinguished Alumni - Texas State University College of Liberal Arts; Texas Oral History Award, San Antonio Conservation Society Book Award, the American Journalism Historians Association – President’s Award; the Philosophical Society of Texas; and the Melvin Jones Humanitarian Award from the Lions International Foundation.

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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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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.

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