About Lissa Noël Wagner

Lissa Wagner HeadshotAt three years old, Lissa Noël Wagner moved with her parents, Ellen and W. D. “Bill” Noël from McCamey, Texas, to Odessa. After graduating from Odessa High School, Lissa attended Gulf Park School for Girls in Mississippi. She transferred to the University of Texas where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with an emphasis on English and Sociology. Lissa continues to enjoy friendships made as a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and fond memories of her time in Austin.

In 1977, Lissa married Cy Wagner, Jr. and have five children, and nine grandchildren. Lissa and Cy enjoyed spending time at their ranch, hunting, fishing and traveling with family and friends.

She supports the Midland/Odessa Symphony, the Midland Community Theater, local animal shelters, the West Texas Food Bank, Safe Place of the Permian Basin, MARC, Basin PBS, CASA of West Texas, and Midland Children’s Rehabilitation Center. She has served on the boards of the Salvation Army, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Trinity School of Midland, Hospice, Kelsey Sebolt Medical Center in Houston, Eisenhower Hospital in Palm Springs, the Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Santa Fe, lifetime member of the Ellen Noël Art Museum in Odessa, as board president for Museum of the Southwest in Midland, Texas Wildflower Board at the request of Lady Bird Johnson, the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, and Texas Christian University from 1997 until 2016 and continues as an Emeritus member.

Though a dyed-in-the-wool Longhorn, Lissa was awarded an honorary Doctorate Degree of Letters from the University of Oklahoma. Lissa’s dedication to education remains a primary focus, and she proudly continues to provide scholarships and support for Odessa College, Midland College, Texas Christian University, University of Texas Permian Basin, University of Oklahoma, Lifetime Texas Longhorn Alumni in Austin, and Hills College in Cleburne. She is also a proud supporter of the Midland Education Foundation.

Continuing the tradition of philanthropy learned from her parents, and perfected with her husband, Lissa Wagner remains passionate about finding ways to give back to her community. She is currently the CEO of III N Investments. Her interests include her family, her dogs (Punkin and Pepper), ranching, playing Onze, reading, and travel.