Institute Leadership


 Dr. Becky Spurlock

Dr. Becky Spurlock

Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Dr. Becky Spurlock is the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at The University of Texas Permian Basin. Dr. Spurlock’s portfolio includes the Enrollment Management teams, comprised of Admissions, Financial Aid and Scholarships, and Registrar. In addition, she leads the Student Affairs, Student Success, and the Shepperd Leadership Institute teams.  She also holds an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership in the College of Education.

Prior to joining UT Permian Basin, she served in several leadership roles at public and private universities in both Texas and Tennessee.  As a first-generation college student, she 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 more than 25 years of experience in Student Affairs. A high-energy speaker, Dr. Spurlock is known for her ability to engage audiences, address difficult topics, and connect through humor.

Trained in narrative analysis and as a qualitative researcher, Dr. Spurlock uses stories to connect, teach, and deepen relationships. 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.

Dr. Spurlock was named a Pillar of the Profession in 2022.  She has served on the NASPA Board of Directors, is the Past Region III Director, and served two terms on the NASPA Center for Women Board of Directors. Dr. Spurlock is the past director for the NASPA Region III/SACSA Mid-Manager’s Institute. She serves as a member of the Student Affairs on Campus Editorial Board. She is also the recipient of the John Koldus Award for Outstanding Service to NASPA Region III. NASPA is the leading voice for the Student Affairs Profession worldwide.

Lin Crowson

Lin Crowson

Director of Student Leadership and Experiential Education

Lin Crowson is a recent transplant to the Permian Basin, having moved here from Houston this summer. Prior to joining The University of Texas Permian Basin in August 2022 she worked at the University of Houston.

Lin has worked with and for students on a wide range of topics related to student success and leadership at several Universities. She is passionate about topics related to leadership and organizational development. Lin is a first- generation college student and understands first hand the transformative value of the college experience.

While Lin is new to West Texas she isn’t new to the UT System, having received her Bachelor Degree in Government and Sociology from UT Austin. Lin looks forward to learning and growing at UTPB and in the Permian Basin as she and her family become acquainted with their new community.

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council exists to support the Shepperd Leadership Institute and its mission. The following individuals serve on the Shepperd Leadership Institute Advisory Council.
Cesante Alrey
Richard Battle
Bobby Burns
Pat Canty
Sam Chase
Tom Clark
Charles Cotten
Phil Davis
Tieman 'Skipper' Dippel
Ron Eckert
David Farabee
Grace King
J. Ross Lacy
Jerry Love
Tom McMinn
Gem Meacham
Timothy O'Brien
Ace Pickens
Suzanne Rathbun
Dan Stansbury
Dr. Nalin Talia
Dathen Voelter