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NEW WEBSITE AND MORE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION

The Shepperd Leadership Institute remains rooted in John Ben Shepperd’s legacy and is currently rebuilding and reimaging itself for the future. We are committed to honoring the past and paving a new way forward to sustainably serve UT Permian Basin, the region, and our shared state of Texas. You will see the return of the established programing – like the Distinguished Lecture Series and leadership trainings – along with pioneering programs, like the Permian Basin Water In Energy Conference and a new partnership with the Ellen Noel Art Museum. Our history is rich, our future is bright, and we’re so glad you’re here to join us!

OUR NAMESAKE: JOHN BEN SHEPPERD

John Ben Shepperd (1915-1990) dedicated his life to leadership and encouraging young Texans to lead. He served as Texas Secretary of State along with Attorney General. After retiring from public service, he worked as an attorney in Odessa and was a strong advocate for the creation of UT Permian Basin. In 1995, to honor Mr. Shepperd’s legacy, the Texas Legislature created the Shepperd Leadership Institute at UT Permian Basin.

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OUR NAMESAKE: JOHN BEN SHEPPERD

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John Ben Shepperd (1915-1990) dedicated his life to leadership and encouraging young Texans to lead. He served as Texas Secretary of State along with Attorney General. After retiring from public service, he worked as an attorney in Odessa and was a strong advocate for the creation of UT Permian Basin. In 1995, to honor Mr. Shepperd’s legacy, the Texas Legislature created the Shepperd Leadership Institute at UT Permian Basin.

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Dr. Becky Spurlock

Vice President for Student Affairs and Leadership

Dr. Becky Spurlock has served as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Leadership at The University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) since August 2019. In her role, she oversees many of the co-curricular programs and services for students including the Shepperd Leadership Institute. Dr. Spurlock has more than 25 years of experience in Student Affairs. Prior to joining UTPB, she served as the Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean of Student Life at the University of the South (colloquially known as Sewanee). Before Sewanee, Dr. Spurlock served in various capacities at Belmont University (Nashville), Trinity University (San Antonio), Texas State University (San Marcos), St. Mary’s University (San Antonio), and the University of Texas San Antonio. As a first-generation college student, Dr. Spurlock believes in the transformational power of higher education. An educator, sought after speaker, and leader in the field of Student Affairs, she regularly teaches, speaks, and consults on developing community, leadership, strategic planning, and assessment. Dr. Spurlock has a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University as well two degrees from Texas State University, a B.S. in Recreational Administration, and an M.Ed in Counseling and Guidance. In 2017, Dr. Spurlock completed the Management and Leadership Education Program Certificate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Shelby Landgraf

Director of Community Engagement

Shelby is a proud West Texan and is passionate about community and connection. Prior to joining the University in July 2021, she worked as an award-winning news anchor for CBS7 and broadcast journalist for more than a decade. She covered a wide range of historic events over her career in TV news, but her passion has always been positive stories that inspire and increase connection. Shelby is active in her West Texas community as a volunteer and board member. Growing up a “military brat,” she lived in multiple states and countries overseas, but she spent part of every childhood summer visiting family in the Permian Basin. She attended Trinity University in San Antonio and graduated with a Bachelor degree in Speech Communication and Business Administration. Shelby and her husband have one young daughter and live in Odessa.

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Lin Crowson

Director of Student Leadership & Experiential Education

Biography coming soon.

DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES

We’re relaunching our acclaimed Distinguished Lecture Series with two free community lectures for the 2022-23 school year. The fall lecture will be Tuesday, September 27, 2022. The spring lecture is set for Thursday, March 30, 2023. Both will take place at the Wagner Nöel Performing Arts Center in the evening.

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PERMIAN BASIN WATER IN ENERGY CONFERENCE

The annual Permian Basin Water In Energy Conference connects industry leaders, experts, and professionals to exchange best practices and cutting-edge approaches for water management in oil and gas production. The Permian Basin Water In Energy Conference is a program of the Shepperd Leadership Institute, allowing students at UT Permian Basin to directly benefit from the conference proceeds.