Our Story

The Education Partnership of the Permian Basin is comprised of a cross-section of city leaders representing various entities across the community – including members from the education, business, non-profit, and religious communities. 

The goal of the EPPB is to encourage a common understanding of the educational issues and challenges facing our community, from cradle to career, and to work collaboratively to help solve these issues, using the Collective Impact model.

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Why We Started

In May of 2016 the Education Foundation of Odessa hosted an Education Summit to discuss the state of education in Odessa.  From this conversation, various follow-up steps were taken to gather data on student achievement in the Ector County Independent School District. 

These steps consisted of conducting several studies, including a deep data dive of student achievement, a K-3 Language Arts curriculum review, and a YouthTruth survey. 

In addition to conducting these studies, the Education Foundation of Odessa also agreed to pursue the Collective Impact model, with the creation of the Education Partnership of the Permian Basin.

Leadership


Adrian Vega, Ed.D.

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Dr. Adrian Vega is the Executive Director for the Education Partnership of the Permian Basin.  Before becoming Executive Director, Dr. Vega served in various school districts across the state of Texas and Arizona for 20 years.  Dr. Vega began his career in the Dallas Independent School District, where he served as a bilingual teacher, elementary school assistant principal, instructional coach, and professional developer.  Dr. Vega also served as a middle school principal in the Tyler Independent School District, where he brought Project Based Learning and Project Lead the Way to Boulter Middle School.  While serving in the Ector County ISD, Dr. Vega was the founding principal of New Tech Odessa High School, an all-academic, college-prep, project based learning high school.  After serving in ECISD, Dr. Vega became the Deputy Superintendent for the Tucson Unified School District, in Tucson, Arizona.  Returning to Texas, Dr. Vega served as the Superintendent of Schools of the San Benito CISD, in San Benito, Texas.  Dr. Vega has been married to Kathryn Vega since 1999.  He and his wife are the proud parents of their son Avery, a senior at New Tech Odessa, and their daughter Della, a sophmore at UTPB STEM Academy. 


Patrick Canty

 
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Patrick Canty has worked at Texas and California daily newspapers for more than 36 years, serving in a variety of capacities ranging from reporter and editor, to publisher. He currently serves as regional vice president & publisher of the Odessa American, in Odessa, TX.

Canty has and continues to serve on boards for a variety of local non-profit groups, including the Education Foundation of Odessa, Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale, Basin Public Broadcasting Inc., Samaritan Counseling Center and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Development Board. He is also a past-president of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce board of directors and currently serves as chairman of the chamber’s Education Committee.

He is past-president of the Texas Press Association and the Texas Daily Newspaper Association, which awarded him the 2010 Frank W. Mayborn Award for Community Leadership. He is also a past unit president of the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Canty currently serves on the Texas Secretary of State’s Elections Advisory Committee.

A native San Antonian, Canty graduated with highest honors in 1982 from Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he studied photography and journalism. He has also participated in advanced executive programs at the American Press Institute, the Stanford Business School and Northwestern University’s Media Management Center.

He is married to Julie Canty, a dyslexia specialist for the Ector County Independent School District, and they are the proud parents of son Sam.


Lorraine Perryman

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Lorraine Perryman is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Perryman Group. A professional public relations consultant and community volunteer, Lorraine is well known in the Permian Basin and throughout Texas as an advocate for public education and several other causes. Lorraine is a graduate of Odessa High School and attended Odessa College before attending the University of Texas at Austin where she majored in Journalism. She is a former Mayor of Odessa and continues to be active in leadership roles on both the city and state level. Lorraine and her husband, Dr. Ray Perryman, have five children and 3 grandchildren.


Collin Sewell

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Collin Sewell is a son, husband, father, businessman, entrepreneur, and leader. His responsibilities span from leading his family to leading a company that has grown to nearly 400 team members in five cities.

Under his leadership as President,  The Sewell Family of Companies has expanded its stable of brands to include Ford, Lincoln, Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, Toyota, and most recently BMW of Midland.  Collin is a two-term chairman of the Ford National Dealer Council, Ford Dealer Product Committee, and the Ford Consumer Experience Movement. Collin is a former director of Giant Impact, a leadership training organization, the John Maxwell Company, and Board Chairman of the Zurich Insurance Dealer Advisory. Sewell also served as a Director at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Development Board, and the Education Foundation of Odessa.  

With a passion for developing people and seeing them reach their maximum potential, Collin serves as a director of the Education Partnership, EQUIP Global Leadership, and the John Maxwell Foundation.


 
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RENEE’ HENDERSON EARLS

Renee’ Henderson Earls is a native Odessan, graduating from Permian High School.   She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Texas Tech University.  Her professional career has included anchor and reporter for the Permian Basin’s KMID-TV for four years.  She served as Executive Director of Communications of Medical Center Hospital for 14 years, overseeing advertising/marketing, customer service and the Foundation.  In 1999, Renee and her husband became the fifth owner of THE ODESSAN MAGAZINE, INC., the longest running Community Magazine in Texas.  They started Presto Publishing, which publishes company newsletters and non-profit publications.  In 2016, she paired her love for Odessa and her desire to make the community better into the perfect job, as she was named President/CEO of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce after volunteering on their Board for more than a decade. 

Renee is passionate about her community, volunteering and helping to make a difference and giving back to her hometown.  She has served as President of numerous boards including the Odessa College Foundation, ECISD Education Foundation, Medical Center Health System Foundation Board, United Way and Junior League of Odessa.   Renee also serves as a Trustee and Elder at Connection Christian Church, formerly known as First Christian Church.

In her free time, Renee’ enjoys watching college sports and following politics.  Renee is married to Rich and together, they have 3 children and two grandchildren.  Her motto for a successful life:  “Whatever thy hand finds to do; Do it with all thy might”.