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June 30th, 2009
Texas State alum to be next state historian


Texas State alum Dr. Light Cummins has been sworn in to be the next State Historian of Texas. He succeeds Texas State History Department Chair Dr. Frank de la Teja, whose two-year term inaugurated the position in 2007.

Cummins, who is the current Guy M. Bryan Jr. Professor of History at Austin College in Sherman, TX, received his bachelor’s of education and master’s in history for Texas State. He went on to earn a doctorate in history from Tulane University. Cummins has taught at Austin College since 1978.

Cummins has authored six scholarly books and textbooks on Texas History, Louisiana, the Lower Mississippi Valley and the United States. He has also published several journal articles and book chapters.

Additionally, Cummins has won awards and grants from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Louisiana Historical Association and the government of Spain. In 2007, Texas State honored him with its Alumni Achievement Award. He is also a fellow of the Texas State Historical Association and serves on its board of directors.

Cummins founded and co-directs the Austin College Center for Southwestern and Mexican Studies, which provides a curricular major, administers a high school summer institute, provides scholarships and sponsors research.

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