Dr. Light T. Cummins will succeed Dr. Frank Jesus de la Teja as the official Texas State Historian. The term is two years.
Cummins holds the Guy M. Bryan Chair of American History at Austin College, where he is a Professor of History and has been a member of the faculty since 1978. A 1946 native Texan reared in San Antonio, he received his Ph.D. from Tulane University. He is a Borderlands specialist. He has been a Fulbright Scholar to Spain and is the author of several books, including:
Other awards have included
Appointment to the Stephen F. Austin Bicentennial Committee
Appointment as director of the Center for Southwestern and Mexican Studies
Becoming an Associate of the Danforth Foundation
Becoming a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association
Becoming a Minnie Stevens Piper Professor.
Receiving the Premio de España y America by King Juan Carlos I of Spain for his scholarly research dealing with the history of Spain and the United States
Becoming a Kentucky Colonel for his work on the Mississippi Valley
Receiving the Francisco Bouligny Prize for his publications dealing with Spanish colonial Louisiana
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