Wed, Feb 20 2013
LeTourneau University presented its Henry O. Gossett, Jr. Community Partner Award to Longview businessman Joe Bob Joyce at the university’s scholarship banquet Saturday night for his service as a community partner to the university.
Joyce is founder and owner of Joyce Crane Service, a family-run business with 165 employees and dozens of pieces of equipment in locations in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. The company supplies cranes for use in the oil and natural gas industries, highway construction projects, mining locations and industrial sites.
Joyce’s commitment to LETU includes serving on the Board of Trustees since 2009 and partnering in the construction of the S. E. Belcher Chapel and Performance Center, as well as serving on several committees, including as a two-term president of the LETU President’s Advisory Council (PAC). He has provided support for the student’s Baja team and student scholarships and has also played a major role during the capitol campaign for the Corner Café renovations and the airport facilities.
In 2011, he and his wife, Lou Ann, saw the need for improvements to the LETU athletic fields to help with recruitment of future students as well as to better serve athletes and spectators. In addition to his family’s lead gift, his tireless efforts to garner financial support for this project led to completion of the renovations in record time. Improvements included new scoreboards, lighting and fan seating, brick backstops complete with an impressive brick and iron work enclosure.
The Gossett Award is named for the late Henry O. Gossett, Jr., a Longview man who was a LeTourneau University supporter and founding president of the LETU President’s Advisory Council. After Gossett retired from the oil and gas business, he continued an active involvement with the university until his death in 2007. Beginning in 1998, the Gossett Award has been awarded to a community leader who demonstrates long-term commitment to LeTourneau University and strengthens the ties between the university and the Longview community through his or her service.
Past recipients include Rogers Pope, Sr., Ruben Martin, Hazel Hickey and Margaret Estes Davis.