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Dr. Brian


Dr. Brian Jones is the associate vice president (AVP) for institutional effectiveness at Odessa College. As a former first-generation college student, he champions a culture that prioritizes student engagement, fosters a sense of belonging, and drives innovation in teaching and learning. He earned his Master of Education from Texas Tech University and educational leadership with principal certification at Lamar University. His career has included roles as a public school teacher, middle school principal, and executive director of professional learning, leading to his present role overseeing institutional effectiveness. 

Dr. Jones’ research is concentrated on supporting homeless students, particularly through the lens of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. His dedication to educational equity is also evident from his appointment to the Texas Commission on Community College Finance by Governor Greg Abbott and his role in the pivotal enactment of HB8.  

Driven by a strong dedication to education’s power to create change, Dr. Jones is fully committed to enhancing student support systems in order to optimize educational results and make a positive impact on society. Residing in Odessa, Texas, with his spouse Marie; their children, Thomas and Alexander; and their dog, Leopold, Dr. Jones continues to use his personal experiences and professional insights to advocate for comprehensive support and efficiency within educational institutions.


Ed.D.– Organizational Leadership |Abilene Christian University 

Education Leadership-Principal Certification | Lamar University 

M.M.Ed.− Music Education | Texas Tech University 

B.M.Ed. – Music Education |Texas Tech University 

AA Music | Odessa College 

Past Experience:

Associate Vice President| Odessa College 

Executive Director for Professional Learning | Odessa College 

Principal | Ector County ISD 

Teacher | Ector County ISD 

Music Director | Life Challenge  

How has education changed your life/your family?

Education shaped my life as a first-generation college student. After living in poverty and homelessness, education has opened numerous opportunities and enlarged my perspectives on life and others.

As a community college graduate, I understand the value of community colleges in closing equity gaps and providing upward mobility. Education has changed how I approach learning and knowledge, and it has fostered a culture of curiosity and lifelong learning. My aim is that my experiences will impact my children and community — where the value of education becomes a core belief and a continual quest for personal and professional growth. 

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