Vietnam Center and Archive Staff Biography

Steve Maxner, Director

Steve Maxner, Director
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    Texas Tech University
    PO Box 41045
    Math Building Rm. 4
    Lubbock, TX 79409-1045

Dr. Stephen F. Maxner has been the director of the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University since July 2007. Originally from Massachusetts, he left after graduating high school to serve in the United States Army at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, with the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and 1st Special Operations Command (Airborne). After leaving the Army, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History (magna cum laude) as well as a Regular Army ROTC Commission (Distinguished Military Graduate) at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. He then served as an Infantry Platoon Leader at Fort Benning, Georgia. After leaving Fort Benning, Dr. Maxner returned to North Carolina where he earned his Master of Arts degree in History before going to Texas Tech University where he earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in History. In addition to his day-to-day work at the Vietnam Center and Archive, Dr. Maxner is responsible for the Vietnam Center Study Abroad in Southeast Asia program that has provided international educational opportunities to more than 40 Texas Tech students. He is also the series editor for the Modern Southeast Asia Series at the Texas Tech University Press. In September 2008, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the Board of Directors for the Vietnam Education Foundation, where he served as Chairman of the Board until May 2011 and continues to serve as a regular board member. Maxner also serves on the board of directors and as the vice-president and president-elect of CASA of the South Plains.