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☛ Jim Bret Campbell new ED of National Ranching Heritage Center 12-4-16



By Glory Ann Kurtz
Dec. 4, 2016


Where is Jim Bret Campbell? That is a question I get on a daily basis regarding the past Executive Director of the NCHA. Well – the puzzle has been solved.


On Dec. 1, announced that Campbell, a Texas Tech Alum and long-time member of the Texas ranching and equine communities, was appointed Executive Director of the National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University  in Lubbock, Texas.


Campbell, a two-time alumnus from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, with 19 years as a leader in the industry, will return to Lubbock to head the National Ranching Heritage Center (NRHC) beginning on Jan. 9.


Campbell, who recently left the National Cutting Horse Association has also worked for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association and the American Quarter Horse Association. Campbell will now be overseeing key priorities at the NRHC, including building its endowment, increasing membership, broadening university partnerships, expanding the center’s national scope and enhancing engagement between the NRHC and the public. His goals include working with university administration, the Ranching Heritage Association (RHA) and the NRHC to increase national exposure by engaging ranchers from throughout the country and increasing membership in the RHA. He also will focus on increasing attendance and effective programming and branding.


Campbell replaces Carl Andersen, who came out of retirement to be interim executive director 16 months ago. According to Rob Stewart, senior vice provost for the university said he is excited with what Campbell will bring to the university.


“Jim Bret brings a wealth of experience and a tremendous skill set to the executive director position,” said Stewart. “We anticipate a dynamic and progressive vision for the center under his leadership.”


According to the NRHC, their mission is to preserve and interpret the history of ranching in North America and address contemporary ranching issues. The center includes a 27-acre museum and outdoor historical park that was established to preserve and interpret ranching history.


Thirty of its 49 historic structures between 100 and 177 years old, the historical park speaks volumes about the frontier settlers who lived in those structures and created legends and history in the process.


The concept of the center is to preserve the history of ranching, beginning in 1966, with a unique partnership between Texas Tech and the RHA, a non-profit member organization that supports the efforts of the center.


The historic structures at the NRHC have been chronologically arranged to exhibit the evolution of ranch life from the late 1700s through the mid-1900s. All the structures, but one, were relocated, restored and furnished for period correctness.

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