News Releases 2008

LETU Announces Two Promotions In Academic Reorganizations

Fri, Aug 8 2008

Organizational changes in the division of Academic Affairs at LeTourneau University were announced today as Dr. Stan Coppinger was named associate vice president for Academic Affairs and Dr. Roger V. Gonzalez was named associate vice president for Scholarship and Research.

Coppinger, who has served the university since 2001, will oversee the university's Office of Academic Records, the Learning Resources Center and the Department of Instructional Technology. Coppinger has served the university as a senior English professor and will continue to direct the university's Honors Program.


Gonzalez, who has served the university as a professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering since 1996, will lead the creation of a Center for Scholarship and Research. Gonzalez founded the university's LEGS program to create low-cost prosthetic legs for amputees in Third World countries.

In his new role, Gonzalez will become a resource for faculty members to pursue their areas of scholarly research, and he will become a catalyst to identify and develop opportunities for undergraduate research partnerships between faculty and students across disciplines. The university's Office of Sponsored Programs will report to Gonzalez.Gonzalez was also named associate dean of the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology, primarily responsible for new program development.

"I believe these changes will enhance our opportunities as we move forward with several new academic initiatives for this upcoming year," said Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert W. Hudson. "We are delighted to have these two outstanding faculty members serving in these key leadership positions."