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Team Members

Dr. Becky Spurlock – Executive Director

Dr. Spurlock joined U.T. Permian Basin in July 2019 as the new Vice President for Student Development and Leadership; she also serves as Executive Director of the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute.


Clay Finley – Director

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Clay Finley

Clay is an attorney, licensed in Illinois and California. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law (cum laude), the Oak Brook College of Law and Government Policy (magna cum laude), and the Honors Program of the Helms School of Government at Liberty University (summa cum laude), with an above-average mix of extra-curricular activities, including a Big South-conference-champion team, a clinic, a student court, a couple journals, and some full-contact, after-dark Ultimate Frisbee.

Before joining the Institute in 2014, Clay worked as chief operating officer and corporate counsel for China Aid, a Texas nonprofit working to promote religious freedom and the rule of law in China. Clay also previously worked as a staff attorney for the Alabama Supreme Court and held a dozen other less-impressive (although generally healthier) jobs. Clay is passionate about creating order and beauty, and intensely curious about the ways structures and procedures (especially government action) shape and influence human behavior within societies, from the dynamics of small organizations to the vagaries of the international system.

In addition to his responsibilities as Director of the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute, Clay has taught leadership courses for UTPB as an adjunct instructor and serves as a Trustee of the Friends of the Presidential Archives.


Michael Huston – Coordinator of Administration and Special Events
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