William "Bill" Ellis, Ph.D.

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Dr. William "Bill" Ellis was appointed as TSHA Executive Director on January 6, 2020. He is the fifteenth executive director in the Association's history. Ellis joined TSHA following an impressive career in academia. Prior to his tenure ay TSHA, his most recent position was as president of Howard Payne University in Brownwood. He served in that role for nearly ten years prior to announcing his retirement from the University. As president of HPU, he welcomed its largest new-student class in more than three decades, made a variety of facility upgrades, and expanded operations to create an extension center in New Braunfels. Beyond his time as president of HPU, he held numerous leadership positions throughout his career in higher education, including serving as a department chair, dean, and chief academic officer. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and his academic specialty is in American literature and creative writing.

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