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Gov. Perry Appoints Donegan and Harris to Texas Historical Commission

Thursday, July 19, 2012  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Michael Donegan of Rockwall and August Harris III of Austin to the Texas Historical Commission for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2015. The commission works to preserve Texas' architectural, archeological and cultural landmarks.

Donegan is accounts manager at El Dorado Chemical Co. and former mayor of the City of McLendon-Chisholm. He is a member of the Texas Agricultural Industries Association, past vice president and a past board member of the Rockwall Youth Fair, and a past member and past class agent of the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students. He is also a volunteer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, co-chair of the MDA Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis fundraiser, and chairman of Chisholm Baptist Church Men's Ministry. Donegan received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University.

Harris is president of Covenant Financial Solutions, LLC. He is a board member of Leadership Austin, first vice president of the Heritage Society of Austin, a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and a volunteer for the Austin Museum of Art. He is president of the Austin High School Continuing Education Foundation, a volunteer and past committee chair of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Roundtable and the Transportation and Local Issues committees, and past treasurer of the Texas School for the Deaf Foundation. He is also a past member of the Alliance for Public Transportation Steering Committee and the Nature Conservancy of Texas GenC Steering Committee, and past events chair and past steering committee member for the Lady Bird Johnson Wild Flower Center. Harris received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas, and is a certified mediator from the University of Texas School of Law Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution.

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