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About the Institute

Welcome to the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute!

JBS PhotoThe John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute is named for John Ben Shepperd (1915-1990), who served as Texas Secretary of State (1950-1952) and Attorney General (1953-1957). John Ben spent his life describing with great clarity the value of public service, mutual respect, ethics, and public leadership.

U.T. Permian Basin and the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute

John Ben Shepperd was a leader of the effort to establish and maintain the University of Texas Permian Basin, culminating with the enrollment of the first thousand students in 1973.  In 1985 the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Forum was founded in his honor by the Texas Jaycees and UTPB; in 1995, Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock and the Texas Legislature created the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute at the University to carry on the Forum and in other ways to provide leadership education for young Texans.

The John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership institute is a one small part of Shepperd’s legacy of encouraging public leadership and service from Texans of all ages and walks of life.