Texas Tech University

Dean of Libraries

Donald H. Dyal, Ph.D.

Donald H. Dyal, Ph.D.
  • University of Washington, 1965-1966, 1969.
  • B.A. Brigham Young University, 1971.
  • M.L.S. Brigham Young University, 1973.
  • Ph.D. Texas A&M University, 1980.
    • Major: History of the American West
    • Minor: Latin American Studies
  • Certified Archivist by Examination, Academy of Certified Archivists, 1990-
  • Commissioned Officer of the USAR; rank of Captain

Don Dyal joined the Texas Tech University Libraries’ faculty in 2001, after a career of twenty-eight years at Texas A&M University, College Station, culminating in the position of Director of the Cushing Library. Dr. Dyal was the Mavis P. Kelsey Professor of Librarianship, and is the author of over eighty publications, including six books. He has consulted in library buildings—processes and programs, rare books, preservation organization, and botanical literature.

Dyal’s research interests include social history and agricultural history, and has taught and lectured widely. He presently serves on a variety of committees in the Association of Research Libraries, and other regional consortia.

Since joining Texas Tech University, Dr. Dyal has used his speaking talents to present library and scholarly issues to the national and local media. The University Libraries system has risen in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) rankings in recent years, and is presently ranked well above the median of ARL libraries.

Dr. Dyal was also confirmed in July as a member of the National Board of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (NMLSB).
The U.S. Senate confirmed Donald H. Dyal’s presidential appointment to the advisory body, which helps guide general policy and practices of federal grant-making agency the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Dyal recreates reading and involving himself in any form of antique transportation: Cars, ships, trains, planes. He has a wife and five children, all of whom either possess or are pursuing professional degrees. Dyal and his wife are bilingual in Spanish, and all of his children also speak at least one other foreign language, to include Portuguese, Spanish, Polish and Russian.