TSHA Announces New Officers and Board Members
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John L. Nau III of Houston, Lynn Denton of Austin, Stephen C. Cook of Houston,

Nancy Painter Paup of Fort Worth, and Thomas R. Phillips of Austin to Serve

DENTON, Texas—What unites a philanthropist and president of the nation’s largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch products, a university history professor who was the founding director of a history museum, and the president of a financial advisory firm who is descended from Stephen F. Austin? Each cares deeply about furthering the understanding of the rich and unique history of Texas. They join others with the same passion: a former United States senator, a former chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, a university regent with a bent for fund-raising, numerous history professors and department chairs at Texas universities, and more.  All of them serve together on the board of directors of the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA).

The Association installed the 2014 officers and new members of the board of directors on March 7, 2014. Founded in 1897, TSHA is one of the nation’s most dynamic regional history organizations, offering more than a century of scholarship and programs in Texas history that extend well beyond the Lone Star State.


TSHA President John L. Nau III of Houston, First Vice President Lynn Denton of Austin, and Second Vice President Stephen C. Cook have served the Association for many years as board members and committee members. Long active in numerous civic, community, and philanthropic organizations, Nau is CEO and president of Silver Eagle Distributors. History professor and Director of the Public History Program at Texas State University, Denton was the founding director of the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Cook is president and CEO of Fieldstone Partners, a private equity and financial advisory firm, and also serves as a leader with other boards and organizations.


New board members Nancy Painter Paup of Fort Worth and Thomas R. Phillips of Austin bring considerable talent to the organization. Paup is a fundraising consultant with more than twenty-five years of experience in fund development. Active in many organizations, she was appointed to the Board of Regents of Texas Woman’s University. Originally from Dallas, Phillips served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas before returning to private practice specializing in appellate litigation and dispute resolution.


Information about all twenty-five TSHA board members is available at: http://www.tshaonline.org/about-tsha/board-bios


“The Association is honored to have such distinguished officers and board members. With a board comprised of an even mix of academic and non-academic historians, the members bring significant skills and enthusiasm to the organization. Having a wide geographical and professional representation, they are poised to continue TSHA’s work to enrich the history of the Lone Star State,” stated Executive Director J. Kent Calder.



Founded as a private, nonprofit educational organization on March 2, 1897, and housed at the University of North Texas, the Texas State Historical Association is one of the nation’s most dynamic regional history organizations. Reinforced by more than one hundred years of scholarship, its mission is to further the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of the rich and unique history of Texas through research, writing, publication, and educational programs.
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