News Releases 2008

LETU names Ben Y. March as new VP for Development

Ben Y. March

Fri, Dec 5 2008

LeTourneau University has named Ben Y. March as its new vice president for Development, effective Jan. 5, 2009.  March is currently serving as a director of development for Baylor Health Care System Foundation in Dallas. 
March will report to LETU President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford. “Ben brings experience as both a team leader and a successful fundraiser,” Lunsford said. “He knows university fundraising and knows our Northeast Texas region.  He is passionate about students and convinced of the value of LeTourneau's unique Christ-centered mission.”
March has an extensive record of achievement in fundraising, gift planning, business management and foundation development. 
From 2001 to 2006, March served as executive director of development for Baylor University in Region One, based out of Dallas and including all of the northern half of Texas and much of the United States.  It became the university’s most productive and cohesive fundraising unit. In this role, he led a development team of six professionals in fundraising, consistently accomplishing top goals and contributing to the success of a $500 million Campaign for Greatness. 
Baylor University recognized March as an outstanding development professional by awarding him the Tom Parrish Award. Later, March worked as the executive director of development at Baylor University’s prestigious Hankamer School of Business, which has over $200 million in endowments.
March was ranked at the top each year for total personal contacts and led the office in total dollars raised for six of his eight years there.  Baylor is March’s alma mater where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management and marketing. 
Earlier in his career, March owned Express Personnel Services in Collin County, increasing clients from three to 27 companies in eight months and increasing sales over $700,000.   He also worked as a regional sales manager for the Good Lad company in Philadelphia for 18 years for a leading children’s clothing manufacturer, managing a five-state region and increasing sales from $200,000 to $4.5 million.
March is actively involved in civic activities including serving as a deacon at the Park Cities Baptist Church, where his wife, Anita serves on the church staff.  He also is involved in the Rotary Club of Park Cities, the Park Cities Club board of directors and Marketplace Ministries board of directors.
“LeTourneau University is a unique school, with its strongly Christ-centered, faith-based mission and strong reputation as a highly academic and technical university,” March said.  “We feel God has led us here to serve Him and make a difference in the lives of students.  In this changing economy, we want to help students financially."
March and his wife have two grown children whose families live in Dallas and New York City.  The Marches have three grandchildren.