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Dr. Carroll Van West Appointed Tennessee State Historian

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced the appointment of Dr. Carroll Van West as state historian. West replaces the late Walter T. Durham, who served 11 years. “Dr. West’s faithful service to his field for many years reflects a commitment to excellence that will serve the citizens of Tennessee very well,” Haslam said. “His incredible body of work speaks for itself, and we are fortunate and grateful to have him as our state historian.” Dr. West has served as director at the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University and the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area since 2002. He has taught as a professor in the MTSU history department since 1985. He currently serves as a co-chair of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and as a Tennessee representative on the National Board of Advisors of National Trust for Historic Preservation. West also sits on the Executive Board of Lewis and Clark Trust, Inc. and on the Advisory Board of Teaching with Primary Sources, Library of Congress.

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