News Releases 2008

LETU Welcomes New Faculty Members This Fall

Fri, Jul 11 2008

LeTourneau University will welcome several new full-time faculty members for the Fall 2008 semester.

Robert B. Wharton will become the new dean of the School of Business. Wharton earned his doctorate from Washington State University, having earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Texas A&M and Washington State University, respectively.

Viktor P. Roudkovski will be an assistant professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries. He earned his doctorate from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Kathryn C. Baker and David R. Plunk are two new kinesiology instructors. Baker is a graduate of University of Houston with a Master’s of Education degree and Plunk earned his Master of Science degree from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Plunk will serve as head women’s soccer coach.

LETU alumnus Andrew W. Visser will serve as aeronautical science instructor and chief flight instructor. N. Elliott Wicker will also serve as an aeronautical science instructor and will serve as assistant chief flight instructor. He earned his wings from the University of Missouri.

Visiting professor of mechanical engineering Yang Gue Jei will teach at LETU from its sister school Handong Global University in Pohang, South Korea.

Alan Jeffrey VanDoren will serve as director of flight training. He earned his Master of Science degree from Delta State University, having completed his undergraduate degree at Thomas Edison State College.

The university welcomes a new visiting professor from Senegal. Wesley Nevius earned his doctorate in ministry from Trinity International University, having earned his master’s in divinity from Canadian Theological Seminar and his undergraduate degree from Trinity College. He and his wife are on furlough from the Christian and Missionary Alliance, having spent their last term in Senegal, West Africa, teaching at the Bible school, networking with businessmen and educators; and teaching at a university; as well as personal evangelism and discipleship. The Missionary-in-Residence program at LETU began in 1980 to reinforce and promote the missions orientation of LeTourneau University. The program is designed to actively involve a furloughed missionary in the academic and student affairs programs of the university.

Three adjunct professors will teach classes at LETU this fall. Mathew Hill will teach business law, Eva Rushing will teach accounting and Angie Stahl will teach business management and organizational behavior.