May 8, 2014
COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, firstname.lastname@example.org
LEAD WT Program Receives $1M Gift
CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University is committed to making leadership development a major component of its educational experience, and those efforts have been bolstered by a $1 million gift to endow the LEAD WT program as the Dyke and Terry Rogers Leadership Education and Development Program.
WTAMU alumni Dyke and Terry Rogers are longtime supporters of the University and represent the epitome of leadership through their professional, personal and community commitments. Their gift and their example will go a long way toward helping WTAMU become a leadership institution, where leadership theory, practice and service will play a major role in the life of the campus.
LEAD WT was established in the fall of 2012 through a grant from the Texas Pioneer Foundation, and the Rogers’ generous gift will generate the necessary expendable funds to operate the Rogers LEAD WT program at an enhanced level. The gift will expand the program’s orientation and team-building opportunities while increasing the scope of its student-led projects. The endowment also will provide funds for the program to host leadership experts on campus along with the establishment of a professional development fund for travel opportunities to professional conferences. The Rogers LEAD WT program will become part of a soon-to-be-established Center for Leadership and Service, where students will develop leadership skills that will benefit their professions and their communities.
“West Texas A&M University is committed to embedding leadership and service into the fabric of the campus community,” Dr. J. Patrick O’Brien, WTAMU president, said. “We are so thankful that Dyke and Terry Rogers are going to help make that possible. Their generosity will enhance our ability to develop our students’ leadership skills to help them become more active and effective servant leaders on our campus and in their communities.”
Supporting the leadership program is a perfect fit for the Rogers. Dyke graduated in 1970 with a degree in general business and economics. Terry earned a master’s in education administration in 1988. They are recognized leaders in their community of Dalhart and have worked hard to increase job opportunities and build the economy across the Panhandle. His successful ventures include a fuel company, a chain of convenience stores and innovation in technology fields of distribution services and security while helping establish the commercial dairy industry in the northern Panhandle. His expertise in leadership and entrepreneurship extend to helping others through their Agape Charitable Foundation. Their work has provided life-changing opportunities well beyond the Panhandle of Texas, and their spirit of giving will impact the vision of leadership and service at WTAMU for years to come.
“We are so excited to be a part of this moment for WT,” Dyke Rogers said. “For Terry and I, WTAMU has been a part of our lives in so many ways, and we are proud to have the opportunity to help students achieve everything they are capable of. Our communities desperately need strong leaders to help guide us into the future. With this program and the University’s commitment to leadership, we will help insure a strong Panhandle, region and state for generations.”
The Rogers will be recognized for their generosity May 8 during a special event honoring the first cohort of LEAD WT graduates.