Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell, Regents Professor of History at the University of North Texas, was recently appointed as the first Lone Star Professor of Texas History. The Texas History Professorship is part of UNT's partnership with the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). The fruition of this professorship was successful thanks in large part to the efforts of J.P. Bryan, Chair of the Development Committee and Honorary Lifetime Board Member of the TSHA; and John Middleton, Margaret Vonder Hoya, Jeff Haynes, Ralph Thomas, Chris Reeder, and Monroe Garrison, life members of the TSHA.
Campbell began his career researching Southern history and has authored many books, including Gone to Texas: A History of the Lone Star State and An Empire for Slavery: The Peculiar Institution in Texas, 1821 - 1865. An Empire for Slavery is regularly used in university history courses around the state and received the Tullis Memorial Prize and several other awards.
As Chief Historian of the TSHA, Campbell is also the editor of the Handbook of Texas Online. With more than 25,000 articles on all aspects of Texas history, the online Handbook receives more than a million unique visits each month from all over the world. Campbell is also the editor of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, which has been continually published since 1897 and is the premier source of scholarly information about Texas and Southwest history.
Pictured above is (left to right) J.P. Bryan, Mike Campbell and Michael Monticino. Image courtesy of the Texas State Historical Association.