Cushing Archivist Appointed to National Commission

By Marketing and Communications | 01-04-2017


Rebecca Hankins Appointed to Member, National Historical Publications and Records Commission

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 17, 2017 – President Barack Obama has appointed Rebecca Hankins of Texas A&M University to serve as a member of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Hankins, who has worked for the Texas A&M University Libraries since 2003, is an associate professor, curator and archivist for Africana Studies, Woman’s and Gender Studies, and Arabic language. Also, she is a Regent for Exam Development for the Academy of Certified Archivists and a Distinguished Fellow of the Society of American Archivists. Hankins’ appointment was of several announced by President Obama.

Hankins oversees collections housed in Cushing Memorial Library and Archives and assists with diversity campaigns and exhibitions. She will continue in her present position while also serving on the national commission.

“Her experience and work ethic have made her an ideal pick for appointment to a key administration post,” commented David Carlson, dean of A&M University Libraries.

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) is a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The NHPRC supports a wide range of activities to publish, preserve, and encourage the use of documentary sources relating to the history of the United States, created in every medium ranging from computer to quill pen. The NHPRC implements its policies and recommendations, implements the grant program for NARA, and provides assistance and advice to potential applicants and grantees on proposals.

“It’s a real honor and I’m humbled by this acknowledgement of my long career as an archivist,” Hankins said. “I’m looking forward to working with this commission that funds so many important projects and strategic work of the American people.”


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