Friday, May 8, 2015

Celebrating Success

In the next few days at the Lunsford house, we are celebrating Mother's Day, my birthday, and our 30th wedding anniversary.  And for LETU, it's a time to celebrate the successful end of our academic year. 

Students are finishing finals and over 300 are preparing to walk the stage on Saturday to receive their hard-earned and well-deserved diplomas.

We have 145 graduates in the morning ceremony in aviation, arts & sciences, education and nursing and 170 graduates in the afternoon in business and engineering.

We are truly honored to have Ray C. Davis, the principle owner and the co-chairman of the Board of Directors of the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball team, as our commencement speaker Saturday. 

Originally from New York, Ray graduated from LeTourneau in 1966 with a business degree.  After leading STEMCO here in Longview, he went on to build a distinguished career in the oil and gas industry. 

He was a founder of Energy Transfer in 1995 before taking it public in 2004.  He retired from there in 2007 as co-CEO and co-chair of the board.  Today, Energy Transfer operates 71,000 miles of pipeline.  In addition to leading the Texas Rangers, Ray is now the chairman and CEO of a family-owned diversified investment company called Avatar Investments, L.P.  
He has served on the board of directors of Crosstex Energy and as Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Cornerstone Natural Gas. 

In 1980, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of LeTourneau College and served our school during an important time of transition.

Recognizing his business expertise,  he was appointed to Major League Baseball's Executive Committee in 2015.

I know him as a man who values hard work, integrity, and faith in God.  I pray that is something others will say about every one of our new LETU graduates.