Texas Historical Commission selects executive director

February 26, 2024

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has hired Edward Lengel as its sixth executive director. THC is responsible for preserving Texas historical sites, overseeing 38 historic sites, providing regulatory guidance for state and federal historic and archeological designation and handling economic development programs centered around historic preservation.  

Lengel is a historian, author and museum executive, most recently serving as vice president for museum experience at the National Medal of Honor Museum in Arlington, Texas. He spent the first 20 years of his career as a professor at the University of Virginia. 

Lengel later became chief historian for the White House Historical Association in Washington, D.C., revolutionary in residence for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia, and senior director of programs at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

“I’m excited to join the THC and engage with the millions of Texans who love this state’s unique history and recognize how it has contributed to the Lone Star State’s rise as a dynamo of economic and cultural success,” said Lengel. “I look forward to building on the many accomplishments of my predecessor and leading this amazing team of preservationists, historians, archeologists and other professionals as we fulfill the THC’s mission to Texas.” 

Lengel took over the role from Executive Director Mark Wolfe. Wolfe had led the agency since 2008. He officially retired Dec. 29, 2023.

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