Kerrville, TX – Texas Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Don Frazier, Ph.D., Director of The Texas Center at Schreiner University, to the Texas 1836 Project Advisory Committee. The Texas 1836 Project Advisory Committee was established by HB 2497 (87R) to promote patriotic education and increase awareness of the Texas values that continue to stimulate boundless prosperity across this state. This appointment is set to expire on Sept 1, 2023.
“I am honored and pleased to have been selected by the governor for this important task,” Frazier said. “The history and culture of Texas is compelling, and in many ways our state is the best expression of the American ideal. We don’t always get it right in Texas, but we always try to get it right. That is an important tale to tell—honestly—especially as we face a future of unprecedented growth. Natives and newcomers alike need to find their place in this story.”
“I feel the weight of this responsibility, I assure you,” Frazier continued, “but am excited by the possibilities.”
The duties of the 1836 Project are to promote awareness among residents of this state of the history of prosperity and democratic freedom in this state; advise the governor on the core principles of the founding of this state and how those principles further enrich the lives of its residents; facilitate the development and implementation of the Gubernatorial 1836 Award to recognize student knowledge of Texas Independence and other items listed in Subdivisions (1)(A)-(D); advise state agencies with regard to their efforts to ensure patriotic education is provided to the public at state parks, battlefields, monuments, museums, installations, landmarks, cemeteries, and other places important to the Texas War for Independence and founding of this state, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law; and facilitate, advise on and promote other activities to support public knowledge of and patriotic education on the Texas War for Independence and founding of this state, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law.
Frazier is the Director of The Texas Center at Schreiner University, and previously was a Professor at McMurry University in Abilene for over 25 years. He is an elected member of Philosophical Society of Texas, scholar/director of the Texas Historical Foundation and a former member of the Texas State Historical Association. Additionally, he is a board member of the Heart of the Hills Heritage Center and is an advisor to The Alamo Historical Advisory Committee. Frazier received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from The University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in History from Texas Christian University.