Monte L. Monroe, archivist at the Southwest Collection and a history professor at Texas Tech, has been reappointed for a third term as the Texas State Historian.
The office of Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monroe's reappointment Wednesday afternoon for a term ending in October 2024. Abbott initially appointed Monroe in 2018 as just the fourth person to serve in the position. He was the first state historian from West Texas, the first archivist in the position and the first from a major public university, according to Avalanche-Journal archives.
“I’m greatly humbled and pleased that Gov. Abbott has honored me with this appointment to a third term as the Texas State Historian,” Monroe said in a statement from Texas Tech Wednesday afternoon. “What a privilege to be able to share the history of our great state with my fellow citizens in every corner of Texas. I’m so fortunate to work at great institutions like the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library and Texas Tech University System, which encourage service to our communities and public in many different ways.”
According to the governor's office, Monroe is responsible for increasing public knowledge about the rich and diverse history of the state, encouraging the teaching of Texas history in public schools, consulting with state leaders to promote Texas history and making presentations on Texas history topics.
"Texas has such a broad, diverse history," Monroe said in a 2018 A-J story. "And an old history that goes back 500 years to 1519, the first indications in Spanish documents of what would become Texas … I have the opportunity to tell people that it's important to save these things, because we won't have a history if we don't."
Monroe has a long list of qualifications, according to information from the governor's office:
Monroe is a fellow of the West Texas Historical Association and the former editor of its scholarly journal. He served on the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board, the boards of the West and East Texas Historical Associations, is chair of the Texas State Historical Association Archives Committee, is on the Executive Advisory Committee of the Handbook of Texas Women Online, is a member of the Philosophical Society of Texas, and is a former board member for the Texas Map Society.
He is also a founding board member of the Humanities Center at Texas Tech, president of the Rotary Club of Lubbock, president of the Meriwether Society, Inc., and is currently president of the Rotary Club of Lubbock Foundation.
Monroe was formerly secretary general of the Pan American Taekwondo Union, an international master instructor and international referee in taekwondo, and he officiated the sport at the Seoul and Barcelona Olympic Games.
Monroe received a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and History from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in History from Texas Tech University.
This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Lubbock archivist Monroe reappointed as Texas State Historian