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.)
Term expires September 2019
6009 Fallsview Lane, Dallas, TX 75252
972-447-9953(h) * FAX 325-695-8142
Michael 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.
Term expires September 2017
22415 Crescent Cove Court, Katy Texas 77494-2221
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 2010 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.
Term expires September 2017
5705 McCall Drive, Plano, Texas 75093
Governor 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.
Term expires September 2021
1707 Broadmoor, Suite 103, Bryan, TX 77802
979-846-2591(w) * FAX 979-731-8366
In 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.
Term expires September 2021
15 Greenway, #16F, Houston, TX 77045
Martha 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.