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Its no secret that running an organization is difficult. Founding an organization, building it from the ground up and keeping it going through thick and thin is a feat of epic proportions. Dr. Carolyn Boyd has been the heroine of this epic tale. But even heroines need a change now and then. The Shumla Endowed Research Professorship is a pivotal step in succession planning for an individual who has been the heart and soul of Shumla since the beginning.
Dr. Boyd is ready to handover the day-to-day administration of Shumla and to focus entirely on rock art research and education. Taking the endowed position at Texas State ensures that Shumla will continue to benefit from her knowledge, guidance and leadership for years to come. In this role, she will continue to be a strategic leader and acting Head of Research at Shumla. Dr. Boyd's time will be divided between Comstock and San Marcos.
At Texas State, Dr. Boyd will continue her research, prepare a pool of trained individuals eligible to be employed by Shumla, provide for student interns and volunteers to work at Shumla and open university resources to Shumla including, people, research libraries, and other resources. All of these things further Shumla's mission and, what's more, enable Shumla to expand our reach and our ability to achieve our mission without significant increases in our annual budget.
Texas State University is actively building a reputation as a top-notch STEM research institution. In addition, the Anthropology Department is working toward offering a PhD in Anthropology. The addition of an Endowed Research Professorship in the Department of Anthropology will be highly beneficial in both of these pursuits.
Texas State students will also benefit! And not just archaeologists. Students in Anthropology, Archaeology, Art, Art History, Chemistry, Business and other disciplines will have the opportunity to take part in interdisciplinary and even international scholarship.
And of course, the rock art of the Lower Pecos, the reason Dr. Boyd founded Shumla in the first place, will benefit from the increased efforts to preserve the murals through expanded documentation, research, stewardship and education.