State of Texas
6:14 am
Thu August 23, 2012

East Texas State Grad is new State Historian

AUSTIN - Texas Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday named Bill O’Neal, an award-winning nonfiction author, the State Historian.

O’Neal of Carthage is a history instructor at Panola College. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from East Texas State University in 1964 and then a Master’s in 1969.

O’Neal is a member of the Texas State Historical Association, West Texas Historical Association, Society for American Baseball Research, Western Writers of America, and Wild West History Association Advisory Board, and a fellow and past president of the East Texas Historical Association. He is also a board member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, volunteer Sunday school director for Central Baptist Church, and past board president of the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System.

O’Neal’s term will run through Aug. 22, 2014.

The Longview News-Journal recently published this article describing the multiple honors O'Neal received at the annual meeting of the Wild West Historical Association. This Wikipedia page lists O'Neal's many accomplishments and other historical information.