Garrett Donnelly was appointed to the Texas Historical Commission in 2018. Donnelly is the Vice-President of The Eastland Oil Company, the 5th generation of his family to join the family business. Born and raised in Midland, he attended the University of Colorado and graduated from Texas Tech University with a BBA in both Management of Information Systems and Management.
Prior to Eastland Oil, Donnelly was the Director of Information Technology for Reef Chemicals, which later became Rockwater Energy Solutions. In his time at Reef/Rockwater, his department oversaw 300 users spanning 9 states. Rockwater was formed in the rollup of 5 other companies, creating a $2.1 billion dollar energy services powerhouse. Donnelly was involved in multiple integrations of acquisitions to Reef and was a primary team member for the rollout of the Rockwater financial information system. Before Reef, Donnelly was an Application Development Director for Midland County.
Donnelly also continues to serve the Community in a variety of volunteer roles. He currently serves as a Board member and Chairman of the Construction Committee for Safe Place of the Permian Basin. He is also a member of the Permian Basin Landman’s Association, American Association of Petroleum Landmen, and the Permian Basin Producers Association. He is past chairman of the Texas Tech University Health Science Center- Permian Basin Advisory Board and member of the Parish Council of St. Ann’s Catholic church. Donnelly loves soccer and has coached both of his children in the sport for many years. Now he enjoys being a spectator for his 13-year-old daughter and his 10-year-old son.