Gov. Perry Reappoints O’Neal as Texas State Historian
Gov. Rick Perry has reappointed Bill O’Neal of Carthage as Texas State Historian for a term to expire two years from the date of his honoring ceremony.
O’Neal is an award-winning non-fiction author and a retired history instructor at Panola College. He is president of the West Texas Historical Association, member of the Texas State Historical Association, Society for American Baseball Research, Western Writers of America and the 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 in Carthage, and past board president of the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System.
O’Neal received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in history from East Texas State University, attended post graduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin and received an honorary doctor of letters from Texas A&M University-Commerce.