News Releases 2008

Commencements Slated

Wed, Apr 30 2008

Due to significant growth in both traditional and nontraditional degree programs, LeTourneau University will host two separate commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 3, at the S. E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave. and one ceremony in Houston on Saturday, May 10.

The first ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. for about 175 traditional-age college students participating in the ceremony to receive their bachelor’s degrees from the School of Aeronautical Science, School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, School of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

The second ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. for all working adult students from LETU’s nontraditional programs at Longview and from sites across the state and online. Nearly 100 students will receive their Bachelor of Business Administration degrees, 19 will receive their MBA degrees, while 17 receive their Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degrees through the university’s TEACH program, to enable them to become certified schoolteachers.

The commencement speaker for both ceremonies will be two-time Malcolm Baldridge Award winner Dale Crownover, president and chief executive officer of Texas Nameplate Company in Dallas.

The Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award in Small Business was awarded to TNC in 1998 and 2004, making it the first and only small business twice honored. The prestigious Baldridge Award is presented by the President of the United States for business excellence, with criteria recognized around the world—Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and China.

Crownover earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 1997 from LeTourneau University and authored his first book, Take It to the Next Level, in 1998. TNC was founded by his father, Roy, in 1946 and remains a family-owned business, supported by the 50 individuals who make nameplates for the identification of products and equipment.

LETU will host a third commencement ceremony for nearly 140 graduates from its Houston and Austin educational centers at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Champion Forest Baptist Church, 15555 Stuebner-Airline Dr. in Houston. The commencement speaker will be LETU alumnus and board member L. V. “Bud” McGuire, who is a principal and directs operations nationally and internationally for Alpha Petroleum Services in locations such as New Zealand and Tunisia. His most important focus in business has been to maintain a Christian witness and treat his professional career as a ministry.

McGuire graduated with honors in 1966 from LeTourneau College and earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and has studied management at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business Administration. He was elected to LeTourneau University’s Board of Trustees in 2002 and currently chairs the University Advancement Committee. He also served for six years on LeTourneau’s Engineering Advisory Council.

During his career in the petroleum industry, McGuire worked as drilling manager for Conoco in Scotland; as vice president of production for Hamilton Brothers Oil and Gas Ltd. in London; as senior vice president for Kerr-McGee Corporation in Oklahoma; as vice president for operations for Enron Oil & Gas International; and as senior vice president and board member for Mariner-Energy, Inc. in Houston. His expertise in leading teams and in drilling operations, both offshore and onshore, has taken him around the world to Europe, India, China, the Middle East, and South America managing projects representing hundreds of millions of dollars to the oil and gas industry.