5 Questions with Bryan Benson ('78)
Director of Gift Planning & Endowed Scholarships
LeTourneau University (Longview, Texas)
LeTourneau College of Business & Technology
LeTourneau College of Aviation & Aeronautical Science
What brought you to LETU?
I came to LeTourneau as a married student in the fall of 1975, transferring from a university in western Canada. I enrolled in the BUAT program, completing a business degree as well as the certification for becoming a licensed Airframe & Powerplant aviation mechanic.
How would you describe your LETU Experience?
We were blessed to live in the married student apartments on campus where we made fast friends with many other married students who had children the ages of our kids. Being a few years older than most single LeTourneau students allowed us many opportunities to provide friendship and counsel to many students. We enjoyed hosting many single students and providing them the option of enjoying a home cooked meal from time to time even though we didn’t have a whole lot of room in the little apartment!
Did any professors have a significant impact?
From the very beginning until graduation 3 years later each of the professors within the aviation department as well as the business professors had direct and significant impact in my life. I quickly observed that each viewed their work and area of expertise as a special calling and each opened themselves to ministering to my family and me, we were important to them.
How has LETU prepared you for your career?
I came to LeTourneau with my Canadian pilot certificate in hand, and quickly gained my USA certification up through commercial pilot and certified flight instructor. I had completed my A & P licensing just as LeTourneau College was just beginning a degree program including pilot certification and I was completing my business degree curriculum. JC Harder, the newly named director of the flight training program asked if I’d consider becoming a flight instructor in the program. I accepted and for the next 18 + years was privileged to serve on faculty in the aviation program, before transitioning into university development where I currently serve as the director of gift planning and endowed scholarships.
What advice would you give to LETU students?
College years are some of the most formative years of your adult life and the relationships you form and build during your college years will go with you throughout your entire adult life. Work hard at building those as diligently as you do your day to day classroom studies. Get plugged in with a local church if you’ve not already done so and participate in church programs where you can be a blessing and have impact.
"College years are some of the most formative years of your adult life and the relationships you form and build during your college years will go with you throughout your entire adult life."