VP of Student Affairs

Dr. Becky Spurlock serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Leadership at The University of Texas Permian Basin. In this role, she leads a team of professionals who create transformative opportunities and encourage growth in an inclusive community focused on learning, leadership, and student success. She also serves as the Executive Director of the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute and holds an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership Department of the College of Education.

Prior to her time at UT Permian Basin, Dr. Spurlock served as the Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean of Student Life at the University of the South (colloquially known as Sewanee), and as the Associate Dean of Students at Belmont University. She came to Belmont after working at Trinity University in San Antonio for eight years, first as the Director of Career Services and later as the Director of Campus & Community Involvement. Earlier in her career, she worked at Texas State University, St. Mary's University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. 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 20 years of experience in Student Affairs—with duties that have included residence life, academic advising, career services, Greek life, student activities and student unions, the first-year experience, conduct, and Title IX. 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 has served on the NASPA Board of Directors, is the Past Region III Director, and she recently completed terms on the NASPA Center for Women Board of Directors and the NASPA AVP Steering Committee. Dr. Spurlock was recently appointed as the director for the NASPA Region III/SACSA Mid-Manager’s Institute for 2020. 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.

Fun Facts about Dr. Spurlock

Lightning round:  

    • Favorite book: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    • Favorite movie: The Nativity! (a British comedy)
    • Favorite music: 1980’s dance music
    • Favorite food: Breakfast tacos

We hear you love to decorate for the holidays. Which is your favorite and how many bins does it take to store all your goodies? 
I love, love, love, to decorate every room in the house for Christmas.  Last year, we had 5 Christmas trees!  I have a 20 bins of decorations not counting all the trees.

What do you like most about West Texas
The beautiful sunsets

What are your favorite activities to do with your family? 
Travel! We love to travel near and far to explore museums, libraries, cultures, and historical sites.

What advice would you give your college self? 
Worry less. Keep working hard and you’ll have opportunity.  The worry keeps you small when you can dream big.

What do you value most about UT Permian Basin? 
UT Permian Basin makes getting a college degree possible for many students. Getting a college degree changes the economic future of someone’s life.  More than that though, it changes how someone approaches their life and the ways they give back. I really value getting to spend my time working in a place that is changing lives.