Michael L. Gillette has been Humanities Texas’s executive director since 2003. His former positions include directing the LBJ Library’s Oral History Program from 1976 to 1991 and serving as director of the Center for Legislative Archives from 1991 to 2003, with responsibility for the official records of the United States Senate and the House of Representatives at the National Archives.
Gillette serves on the advisory board of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University and the board of directors of the Congressional Education Foundation. He is a member of the Philosophical Society of Texas and served as its president in 2009. His previous affiliations include the board of directors of the Everett Dirksen Congressional Leadership Center and the Law Library of Congress’s National Digital Library Program.
Gillette is the author of Launching the War on Poverty: An Oral History and editor of Texas in Transition. His newest book, Lady Bird Johnson: An Oral History, was released by Oxford University Press in 2012. He received his BA in government and his PhD in history from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a recipient of the UT College of Liberal Arts' Pro Bene Meritis award.
In October 2007, Dr. Gillette began writing a "From the Executive Director" column reflecting on various aspects of Humanities Texas, its programs, and the humanities in Texas and beyond. Browse articles on the Director's Column page.