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LBJ School Advisory Board member Betty S. Flowers will head LBJ Library

Betty Sue Flowers  

Betty Sue Flowers, the Kelleher Professor of English and director of creative writing for the UT Austin English Department, has been appointed as the new director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum.

Flowers, who will begin her new duties in January, is a member of UT Austin's Academy of Distinguished Teachers and a member of the LBJ School Advisory Council. She is also a poet, an editor, a consultant to international corporations, and an author who has collaborated with well-known television journalist Bill Moyers to produce four books.

"Betty Sue has had a very distinguished career as a faculty member on this campus, and I have every hope that in her next career she will strengthen the already excellent relationship between the Library and the university," said UT Austin President Larry R. Faulkner.

A native of Texas, Flowers earned her Ph.D. degree at the University of London. She has worked as a consultant for NASA, General Motors, Shell International, and the World Business Council in Geneva, helping executives draft global scenarios for the future.

According to Larry Temple, president of the LBJ Foundation, Flowers will bring to the directorship "proven leadership skills and a clear concept of what the LBJ Library can and should do in the developing new world of electronic communication."

  Harry Middleton

Harry Middleton, who will relinquish the Library's directorship to Flowers, will continue to serve as the executive director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation. In making the announcement of Flowers' selection, Archivist of the United States John W. Carlin praised Middleton, saying that he had "set the standard for presidential library directors" and adding that "under his leadership, the Johnson Library has thrived and become a center for scholarly research and cultural endeavors." Middleton has served as director since the Library opened in 1971.

The LBJ Library, located next to the LBJ School, is part of a nationwide network administered by the Office of Presidential Libraries, which is part of the National Archives and Records Administration. The libraries are repositories for the papers, records, and other historical materials of U.S. presidents since Herbert Hoover.

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December 7, 2001

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