About Our Commission

The "Texas State Library and Archives Commission" is both the official name of the agency and the name of its governing board. The seven members of the Commission are appointed by the Governor, who also designates a chair, and are confirmed by the Texas Senate. Commissioners serve staggered six-year terms; terms begin September 1 of odd-numbered years, following each session of the Texas Legislature.

Over the nine decades of the Commission's existence, its members have included both celebrated Texas political and civic leaders and ordinary citizens distinguished by their love of and commitment to libraries. Duties of the Commission include:

  • Appointment and supervision of the Director and Librarian and Assistant State Librarian;
  • Review and approval of the State Library's strategic plans, appropriations requests, operating budgets, internal audit documents, employment and management policies, and the like;
  • Review and adoption of rules for administering the State Library's legislative mandates - for example, grant programs, standards for library accreditation, records management rules and schedules, and customer service policies.

The Commission generally meets five times per year, usually in Austin at the Lorenzo de Zavala Building, the State Library's headquarters in the Capitol Complex. Citizens are always invited to attend meetings, address the Commission, or review the minutes of prior meetings or the agendas of upcoming ones. (The latter are published in the Texas Register, along with the proposed text of rules to be reviewed, at least two weeks prior.)

Commission Meetings and Agendas

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Our Commissioners: Biographies and Contact Information

    Michael C. Waters, Chairman

    David C. Garza

    F. Lynwood Givens

    Larry G. Holt

    Arthur T. (Art) Mann

    Darryl Tocker

    Martha Wong

Contact our seven commissioners by email

Michael C. Waters, Chairman

Term expires September 2019

6009 Fallsview Lane, Dallas, TX 75252
972-447-9953(h) * FAX 325-695-8142

Michael C. Waters, Commission ChairmanMichael Waters is retired president and CEO of Hendrick Health System in Abilene, Texas, a position he held for 24 years. He still serves the Hendrick Health System as an honorary member of the Hendrick Foundation Board. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Lamar University in Beaumont and a Master of Science in Hospital Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. First appointed to the commission by Governor Rick Perry in 2008 to fill the expired term of Diana Rae Hester Cox of Amarillo, he served as Audit Committee Chairman until March 2012 when he was designated TSLAC Chairman by the governor who also reappointed Mr. Waters to a full commission term in 2013. Among his many honors was the Texas Hospital Association’s Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Hospital Administration which he received in 1995 and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Hospital Association in 2004, the highest award given by the Association. He and his family live in Dallas.

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David C. Garza

Term expires September 2019

680 E. St. Charles, #300, Brownsville, TX 78520
956-541-4914 (w)

David C. Garza, Commissioner David C. Garza of Brownsville is a law partner at Garza & Garza, L.L.P. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and former chairman of its Grievance Committee for the Rio Grande Valley. Additionally, he is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, member and former Executive Committee member of the National Diocesan Attorneys Association, and a former gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Racing Commission. He is the chairman of the Brownsville Foundation for Health and Education, a director of the Valley Zoological Society Endowment Board, former chairman of the Historic Brownsville Museum Association, and former chairman of the United Way of Brownsville. Garza received a Bachelor of Arts in history from St. Edwards University and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law.

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F. Lynwood Givens, Ph.D.

Term expires September 2021

5705 McCall Drive, Plano, Texas 75093
214-930-7462(w)

F. Lynwood Givens, Commissioner Lynwood Givens, Ph.D. of Plano is a private technology consultant. He taught physics, chemistry and math for the past ten years, and prior to that held several positions at Raytheon, including chief technology officer. He is a member of the American Physical Society and Gideons International and a gubernatorial appointee to the Midwestern State University Board of Regents. Givens received a Bachelor of Science in physics, math, and chemistry from Midwestern State University, Master of Arts in physics and a Doctor of Philosophy in physics from The University of Texas at Austin.

 

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Larry G. Holt

Term expires September 2021

1707 Broadmoor, Suite 103, Bryan, TX 77802
979-846-2591(w) * FAX 979-731-8366

Larry G. Holt, CommissionerIn April of 2009, Governor Rick Perry appointed Larry G. Holt, a practicing attorney in Bryan/College Station, to a five-month term to serve as a commissioner at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to replace Cruz Hernandez of Burleson who resigned. Holt was then reappointed by Perry to a full six-year term in September of 2009.

Holt attended Baylor University where he earned his J.D. (Juris Doctor) and earned a LL.M. (Master of Laws) from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, trust, wills, real estate, oil and gas, and public finance. He is very dedicated to the support of libraries and archives in the role of each in enhancing and extending the total educational process. He brings to the commission his legal knowledge of the importance of records maintenance and retrieval and his experience in representing educational and other charitable foundations.

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Arthur T. (Art) Mann

Term expires September 2023

934 E. Franklin St., Hillsboro, TX 76645
254-582-3978 (w)

Arthur T. Mann, Commissioner Art Mann of Hillsboro is the administrator for the Hillsboro Economic Development Corporation. He is a board member of the Texas Economic Development Council, Hill County Go Texas Scholarship Committee, and Hillsboro Independent School District Education Foundation Board. Additionally, he is the third vice president of the Hillsboro Lions Club and former president of the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce and the Bond’s Alley Arts and Crafts Festival. Mann received a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Sam Houston State University.

 

 

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Darryl Tocker

Term expires September 2023

5806 Mesa Dr., #375, Austin, TX 78731-3770
512-452-1044 (w)

Darryl Tocker, Commissioner Darryl Tocker of Austin is the executive director of the Tocker Foundation. He is a member of the American Library Association and the Texas Library Association. Additionally, he is treasurer of the Texas Book Festival and the Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas and a director of the Barbara Jordan 2010 Charitable Trust. Tocker received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Business Administration in finance from The University of Texas at Dallas.

 

 

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Martha Wong, Ed.D

Term expires September 2021

15 Greenway, #16F, Houston, TX 77045
713-622-7888(w)

Martha Wong, CommissionerMartha Wong is a community volunteer, former state representative and Houston city council member. Wong is a member of the Houston Association of Retired Teachers, Asian Pacific American Heritage Association, Greater Houston Pachyderm Club, Chinese American Citizens Alliance and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She has previously served as a board member for the American Red Cross, Neuhaus Education Center, Houston Olympic 2012 Foundation, Alley Theater, Lions Eye Bank Foundation and University of Houston Alumni Organization.

Wong was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 1994. She has been recognized as a Distinguished University of Houston Alumni by the UH Alumni Association and the College of Education. Wong graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her master’s and doctorate degree in Educational Administration from the University of Houston.

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