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Education taught CEO how to think

Gregg R. Bynum
Age: 54
Occupation: President/CEO at Education Credit Union

Where did you receive your education?
West Texas A&M University; Houston Baptist University; Southwest CUNA Management School, Certified Credit Union Executive

How has your education played a role in your life today?
My education has opened doors for me and has enabled me to experience things that I never thought I would have access to. Education taught me how to think.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
I spent a lot of time in music through public school. I was not fully prepared for academic type studying like I should have been. I had to learn to study while working on my undergraduate degree.

What is the value of your education?
I cannot place a numeric value on my education. The best measure is that I realize I still have a lot to learn. Education opened up my potential.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
Education can come in the form of on-the-job learning, home study, college, trade schools or professional training programs. Whatever a person decides to do, they must not give up. Keep trying.

When did you make education a priority?
I made education a top priority my third year of college. Course work became easy after I set my priority.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
My parents urged me to go to college. Working hard-labor jobs convinced me there was a better way to live.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
I thought about quitting several times but did not. Things changed when I made the commitment to finish college. I kept going toward my goal, and I became excited when I moved closer toward graduation.

2009 Stories
2008 Archive
calendar of events
  • January 11
    Kickoff of 2009 Program
    Find out what Celebrate Education is all about in this special section in your Sunday paper.
  • March 7
    Regional Spelling Bee, West Texas A&M University
    The annual Regional Spelling Bee will feature the top spellers from the Amarillo area. The top five winners will receive scholarship money ranging from $500 to $5,000 and the winner will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to represent the area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  • Spring and Fall
    Amarillo Reads community-wide reading projects.
    Dates and details TBA
  • April
    Amarillo Education Matching Grants Program. Exact date TBA
  • April 10
    What's a Kid to Do Special Section
  • April 12
    What's a Kid to Do at the Amarillo Civic Center
    This event will focus on activities and camps for children to participate in during the summer..
  • May 8-29
    Beating the Odds
    A series of stories published daily in the Amarillo Globe-News during the graduation season that profiles people who have inspiring stories to tell about the degree they are about to receive.
  • May 12
    Ready for the Real World program at Amarillo Civic Center
    AISD juniors get training on what's going to face them in a little more than a year.
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Special Section
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Event at West Texas A&M University
  • Fall
    Discover College Day
    Fifth graders from area schools visit college campuses.
  • October 1
    Great Jobs Special Section
    Focusing on well paying jobs available in the area that people may not know about.
  • November 2
    Career Education Special Section
    Focusing on businesses and others in the community helping young people gain a career vision.
  • November
    Yes You Can Event
    Designed to help people gain information about the next level of education from GED to PhD. Date TBA.
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