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

     Sharon T. Carr

     Martha Doty Freeman

     F. Lynwood Givens

     Larry G. Holt

     Wm. Scott McAfee

     Sandra J. Pickett

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 Hendrick Health System as senior consultant. 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. 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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Sharon T. Carr

Term expires September 2017

22415 Crescent Cove Court, Katy Texas 77494-2221
832-437-6969(h)

Sharon T. Carr, Commissioner Sharon T. Carr was appointed to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in Nov. 2005, by Governor Rick Perry and reappointed in May 2012. She was elected Vice Chairman of the commission in April 2012. In 2011 Ms. Carr retired as administrator for Library Learning Resources in the El Paso Independent School District, a position she held since 1990. Prior to that time she was an elementary school librarian at El Paso ISD for 17 years. Ms. Carr holds an M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Texas, and has been honored by the School of Library and Information Sciences as an Outstanding Alumna.

Ms. Carr is actively involved in a number of professional organizations, including the Border Regional Library Association, the Texas Association of School Library Administrators, and the Texas Library Association. Ms. Carr served on the Texas State Library and Archives Commission School Library Standards Advisory Committee twice. The committee was responsible for drafting statewide school library standards in 1995-97, and then revising them in 2002-04.

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Martha Doty Freeman

Term expires September 2015

204 Skyline Drive, Austin, Texas 78746
512-327-7323 (h) * 512-306-8718 (w) * FAX 512-306-8718

Martha Doty Freeman, CommissionerGovernor Rick Perry appointed Martha Doty Freeman to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission on Jan 12, 2004, to fill the expired term of Kenneth R. Carr of El Paso and reappointed her to the commission in 2009.

Freeman is a self-employed historian. Prior to her appointment to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Freeman served as a member of the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and Lawrence University as well as a graduate fellow of the Smithsonian Institution. Freeman serves as the TSLAC liaison to the THRAB Board.

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F. Lynwood Givens

Term expires September 2017

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

F. Lynwood Givens, CommissionerGovernor Rick Perry appointed Lynwood Givens of Plano to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, May 9, 2012 to replace Sally Reynolds of Rockport whose term expired in September 2011. Givens is a retired Raytheon Company employee who teaches and consults on technology and inventions. He holds a Bachelors of Science from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls where he double majored in physics and mathematics. He holds a Masters and a Ph.D., both in physics, from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Larry G. Holt

Term expires September 2015

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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Wm. Scott McAfee

Term expires September 2019

P.O. Box 1668, Dripping Springs, TX 78620-1668
512-422-4283(h) * FAX 512-283-4666

Wm. Scott McAfee, CommissionerGovernor Rick Perry appointed Wm. Scott McAfee to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission on February 15, 2008, to fill the expired term of Sandra Gunter Holland of Pleasanton. McAfee is a Global Services Account Executive for Microsoft, Inc., and brings to the commission a strong background in IT strategy, service delivery and support, and relationship management. He holds a Bachelors' degree from St. Edward's University in Austin and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State University in San Marcos.

McAfee lives daily with an appreciation for genealogy, archives and history: his residence in Driftwood is on property that has been in the family since 1886 and has been recognized by the Texas Department of Agriculture's Family Land Heritage Program, which honors operational farms and ranches that have been in a family for over 100, 150 and 200 years. The family property is also the site of a historical cemetery recognized by the Texas Historical Cemetery program. McAfee is also a proud volunteer with the Boys Scout of America. He currently serves on the TSLAC Audit Committee.

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Sandra J. Pickett

Term expires September 2015

Post Office Box 1919, Liberty, Texas 77575
936-336-5397 * FAX 936-336-7752

Sandra J. Pickett, CommissionerPickett was first appointed to the Commission in 1995 by Governor George W. Bush. She served as TSLAC Chairman from 2002 to 2012. Pickett served as Liberty City Council member from 1974-1998, as well as Liberty mayor pro tem from 1976-1998. Pickett is the past president of the board of directors of the Houston-Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC), and has a long record of service to the Texas Municipal League, the Texas and National Associations of Regional Councils, and the National League of Cities. She is currently on the Board of Preservation Texas and Texas Independence Trail Region.

Pickett is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Chamber of Commerce 1981 Citizen of the Year, the 1993 John Ben Shepperd Leadership Award from the Texas Historical Commission, and the 1998 Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.

Pickett is also president of the Atascosito Historical Society, the friends group of the TSLAC's Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, and has served as president of the Liberty County Historical Commission. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Arts degree from the University of Houston.

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