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LETU Announces New Trustees, Officers


LeTourneau University welcomed two returning and three new trustees to its Board of Trustees at the semiannual meeting in November.

Joe Bickley of Montgomery, Texas, is a certified public accountant and co-owns an accounting firm. He is involved in the Houston Chapter of CPAs and Texas State Society of CPAs. In his community, Joe is a founding member of the Spina Bifida Association of Texas and a member of the Rotary Club of Huntsville. He has also been involved in many committees at his alma mater, Sam Houston State University, including serving on the President's Council and The Samuel Houston Society. At his home church, First Baptist of Conroe, Texas, Bickley has served as a deacon and as a member of the Finance Committee.

Timothy Morscheck of Portage, Mich., retired as a vice president of technology for Eaton Corporation: Truck Group. He began his career with Eaton in 1971 after graduating from LeTourneau University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, aero option. He earned his master's degree in fluid dynamics from the University of Michigan Dearborn in 1975. Morscheck has been involved at the Berean Baptist Church of Portage since 1986 and has held multiple leadership positions including operations manager, deacon, chairman of deacons, and Sunday school teacher. While he was a student at LeTourneau, Morscheck held multiple positions in student senate, including student body president from 1970-1971. Since graduating, he has returned to visit the campus on Alumni Day and has led dorm floor devotions. He has also assisted LeTourneau students with their job search after graduation through recruitment for Eaton Corporation.

James Schreder of Yorba Linda, Calif., is the president and owner of Danjon Engineering. With 24 years of experience in civil engineering, Schreder has taught engineering class at Biola University. From 1993-1999, he also owned an investment advisor firm. For his master's in civil engineering, he attended California State University at Long Beach. Schreder has been a licensed, professional civil engineer in California since 1987. In his community, he is involved as chairman of the board for the Skylight Foundation, a non-profit organization for pastoral and disability housing. He has also been a committed trustee and board chairman at his home church, Evangelical Free Fullerton. Schreder is continuing the family tradition, since his father was on the LeTourneau University board during the 1990s.

Returning as a board member following a short recess are two former board members.

John Solheim of Phoenix, Ariz., is chairman and president/CEO of Karsten Manufacturing Company and President/CEO of PING, Inc. which designs and manufactures golf clubs and equipment. Solheim has extensive experience in business management and leadership and has served on the LETU board since 1992, previously chairing the facilities committee. The Solheim Center on campus is named for his family.

Patrick A. Bertsche of St. Charles, Ill., is superintendent of the Westminster Christian School where he formerly served as president of its board. He has served on the LETU board since 1996. Bertsche previously served as vice president of operations at Camcraft, Inc., handling financial management, strategic planning and operations. He is a 1989 graduate of LETU His wife, Melanie, is also a 1989 graduate. He was recently elected vice chair of the LETU board of trustees.

The new chair for 2010-2011 is Nancy Mendez, assistant city manager of Whittier, Calif. Prior to her role as assistant city manager, Mendez worked as director for human resources for the city. She attended LETU before completing her bachelor's degree in physical education/recreational administration from Biola University. Mendez has served as a board member at LETU since 1990, most recently as vice chair. She follows in the footsteps of her father, Justin Longenecker, Ph.D., Chavanne Professor of Christian Ethics in Business at Baylor University, who was a trustee and officer on the LeTourneau College board for more than a decade in the 1970s-1980s.

Kenneth Moore of Longview was elected secretary. Moore is an airline pilot and captain, having prior experience as a naval carrier pilot and petroleum engineer for an oil field service company. He earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering (aerospace option) from LeTourneau and his master's degree in aeronautical systems from the University of West Florida. He has served on the LETU board since 2006.

Merle Stoltzfus of Elverson, Penn., was elected treasurer. He is a general partner for Stoltzfus Enterprises, Ltd., a custom home builder and real estate developer. Stoltzfus has served in revitalization efforts and transportation advisory committees in his hometown area. He graduated from LETU in 1971 with a degree in electrical engineering technology and has served on the LETU board since 1997, serving previously as chair and as treasurer. One of his daughters is a 2008 graduate and another is currently enrolled at LETU.

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