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Dr. Keith Reyes of El Paso among HPU Homecoming 2017 honorees

ReyesBROWNWOOD – October 10, 2017 – Dr. Keith Reyes of El Paso has been named recipient of Howard Payne University’s Dr. José Rivas Distinguished Service Award. He is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s 2017 Homecoming festivities, October 20-21. Additional honorees are listed at and will be highlighted in the days to come.

Dr. Reyes will be recognized during the Hispanic Fellowship Breakfast on Saturday, October 21. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the breakfast and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at

A 2005 HPU graduate, Dr. Reyes earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian studies with a minor in practical theology. He went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in sociology from The University of Texas at El Paso and a Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership from Washington State University.

He has served as an educator at multiple levels at Texas locations including El Paso, Fort Stockton, Tornillo and Van Horn, as well as in Grandview, Washington. He now serves as assistant professor of educational leadership at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, where he currently resides.

Dr. Reyes is active in his church and is a member of the American Sociological Association and the University Council of Educational Administration. He and his wife, Eileen, have one son, Eian.

Dr. Reyes said HPU provided him with a solid, Christian education that equipped him for the academic and intellectual rigors of graduate school as well as for the daily, practical challenges of living his life as “a faithful, always unworthy, ambassador and servant of (his) Lord Jesus Christ.”

“HPU afforded me the opportunity to build relationships with other members of the body of Christ when I previously had none,” he said. “In doing so, it exposed me to the manifold wisdom of God in seeing God bringing together people who are so different from one another, from various economic, racial, social and even denominational backgrounds, and blessing me with the opportunity to see God work in and through imperfect people for His glory and honor and for the expansion of His kingdom.”


Cutline: Dr. Keith Reyes of El Paso is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2017 activities, October 20-21.