LeTourneau University awarded the Henry O. Gossett Award for
Community Partnership to Texas Bank and Trust board chairman and CEO Rogers Pope, Sr. Thursday,
Nov. 6, at a scholarship banquet in the Solheim Arena at the university’s main campus in
Longview. Pope was recognized for his support for the university and his commitment to local
scholarships for students. LETU President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford presented the award.
Pope served on LETU’s Board of Trustees for eight years, with one
term as chairman. He has participated in every capital campaign conducted by the university since
1992. Most recently he served as the honorary co-chair of the largest campaign in the
university’s history, the campaign to build the S. E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance
Center. His leadership on behalf of LETU has been instrumental in the growing partnership
between the community and the university. Additionally, he has lent his name and influence to
encourage others to become partners with the university.
Pope is recognized for his quality character and
integrity. He has served on numerous boards and committees in the community and at the state
and national level, including with the Texas Bankers Association, the American Bankers Association,
Texas Baptist Financial Services, American Heart Association, and the Longview Partnership, which
awarded him the Chairman’s Award.
Pope serves as a deacon in his church and has provided outstanding
leadership for Texas Bank and Trust, which has been recognized at the state and national level as
it celebrates its 50
th anniversary in business.
The Gossett Award was named for the late Henry O. Gossett, who was
a LeTourneau University supporter and founding president of the president’s Advisory
Council. Gossett retired from the oil and gas business and continued in active involvement
with the university until his death in 2007. He was a benefactor for a number of LeTourneau
projects. The Gossett Award is presented annually to those who have been instrumental in
strengthening the tie between the university and the Longview community through their