O’Neal cuts ribbon on namesake new dorm
Bill O’Neal, who started teaching at Panola College in 1970, cut the ribbon Wednesday, Aug. 21, on a new 64-bed dormitory building. Representatives of the Panola County Chamber of Commerce, along with faculty, staff and students were on hand to join the celebration.
O’Neal taught history at Panola College, completing one career and then embarking on a second career as an author. Last year he was named as the Texas State Historian. In that capacity he travels around the state giving presentations on state history.
In 2000 he was awarded a Piper Professorship, and in 2012 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wild West Historical Association. Bill has published over 40 books, almost half about Texas history subjects, and in 2007 he was named Best Living Non-Fiction Writer by True West Magazine. In 2013 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by his alma mater, Texas A&M University – Commerce.