LeTourneau University

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LeTourneau University is a place for those who learn by doing. We are makers, doers, creators. We are small enough to give every student hands-on professional experience and comprehensive enough to assemble outstanding faculty in dozens of academic programs. The world is our mission field, where our graduates carry the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Contact information

Mailing address:
LeTourneau University
2100 S Mobberly Ave
Longview, TX 75602

Website: letu.edu

Phone: 903-233-3000

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 751081109

CEO/President: Dr. Steven D. Mason

Chairman: Patrick A. Bertsche

Board size: 26

Founder: R.G. LeTourneau

Ruling year: 1962

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


Claiming every workplace in every nation as our mission field, LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life's work as a holy calling with eternal impact.

Mission statement

LeTourneau University is a comprehensive institution of Christian higher education where educators engage learners to nurture Christian virtue, to develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, to integrate faith and work, and to serve the local and global community.

Statement of faith

A deep faith in God is the cornerstone of LeTourneau University. We believe that no education is complete until a student understands who God is and how to relate to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. This belief influences all that we do and teach. While we believe that everyone must have the freedom to interpret God's truth individually, LeTourneau University recognizes certain basic tenets of the Christian faith:

We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the only inspired, authoritative Word of God and are completely truthful and without error.

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, was born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.

We believe that man, created in the image of God, sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and that those who reach moral responsibility become sinners in thought, word, and deed.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood.

We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and His present life there for us as High Priest and Advocate.

We believe in "that blessed hope," the personal, visible and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become the children of God; by Grace are we saved through faith.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost.

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Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating413 of 107639 of 130
Fund acquisition rating602 of 107773 of 130
Resource allocation rating370 of 107742 of 130
Asset utilization rating441 of 107643 of 130

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,439,257$1,556,975$1,927,972$2,380,321$2,773,332
Short-term investments$11,076,190$14,415,232$27,250,031$30,298,116$30,175,630
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$25,374,536$26,767,702$50,379,092$52,335,883$53,235,184
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$66,045,395$70,050,460$73,645,243$75,351,665$78,955,265
Other long-term assets$26,872,732$26,062,755$6,069,494$6,142,835$6,724,987
Total long-term assets$92,918,127$96,113,215$79,714,737$81,494,500$85,680,252
Total assets$118,292,663$122,880,917$130,093,829$133,830,383$138,915,436
Payables and accrued expenses$3,027,368$3,870,216$3,999,698$3,550,162$4,371,336
Other current liabilities$3,546,040$2,725,743$2,818,985$3,339,776$3,131,723
Total current liabilities$6,573,408$6,595,959$6,818,683$6,889,938$7,503,059
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$2,244,566$2,249,360$2,443,563$2,929,238$4,065,407
Total long-term liabilities$8,224,389$10,113,464$12,105,989$14,319,094$17,246,248
Total liabilities$14,797,797$16,709,423$18,924,672$21,209,032$24,749,307
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$77,888,647$81,292,260$85,538,523$87,411,544$88,681,809
With donor restrictions$25,606,219$24,879,234$25,630,634$25,209,807$25,484,320
Net assets$103,494,866$106,171,494$111,169,157$112,621,351$114,166,129
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$6,309,611$4,672,156$5,628,494$5,334,183$7,812,512
Program service revenue$59,170,398$59,522,790$59,104,608$57,309,078$59,345,286
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$694,220$1,365,896$1,942,382$1,281,980$727,020
Other revenue($17,336)$105,167$136,145$147,191$175,279
Total other revenue$59,847,282$60,993,853$61,183,135$58,738,249$60,247,585
Total revenue$66,156,893$65,666,009$66,811,629$64,072,432$68,060,097
Program services$60,274,289$60,725,312$58,885,857$56,603,053$58,499,704
Management and general$8,296,384$8,619,268$8,406,211$8,609,823$8,483,146
Total expenses$69,469,169$70,237,666$68,192,489$65,988,543$67,823,466
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($3,312,276)($4,571,657)($1,380,860)($1,916,111)$236,631
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($3,312,276)($4,571,657)($1,380,860)($1,916,111)$236,631


Dr Dale A LunsfordPresident$419,240
Steven Kent StarrettDean, School of Engineering An$176,917
Steven D MasonProvost and Vice President For$167,174
Michael HoodVP For Finance and Admin$149,195
Terry A ZeitlowVice President For Development$146,625
Don K EgleVice President For University$132,427
Kimberly J QuiettProfessor and Dean, School of$132,199

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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LeTourneau University is named for its founder, R.G. LeTourneau, one of the world's greatest inventors of earthmoving equipment. A businessman and devout Christian, LeTourneau toured Longview, Texas, with his wife, Evelyn, in 1946 to consider a manufacturing site for his next earthmoving equipment factory. While flying over a sprawling complex of a vacated Army hospital consisting of over 200 frame buildings, Mrs. LeTourneau inquired about the facility. When told it was no longer in use, she suggested establishing a school to educate returning World War II veterans.

The site became LeTourneau Technical Institute, founded in 1946 with only male students. In 1961 the school became LeTourneau College, a co-educational four-year school. In 1989 LeTourneau College became LeTourneau University, a SACSCOC and ABET accredited, nondenominational Christian university, offering four-year and two-year degree programs in engineering, technology, the liberal arts, business, aeronautical science, education, and the sciences, plus master's degree programs in business and education.

In that same year, the university began expanding into offering programs for working adults in evening and weekend classes. Calling it the LEAP program, which stood for LeTourneau Education for Adult Professionals, classes with the same students making a group, or cohort, met weekly for six to eight weeks per course. Cohorts were kept on track through to degree completion with students automatically enrolled in each next class, and as each class finished, the next course began in the same location the following week with a different professor. Many other universities have adopted this format to reach working adults.

Today, more than 1,150 students attend LeTourneau University classes online or at our educational centers in Dallas and Houston, and might not step foot onto the university's beautiful main campus in Longview, Texas unless they come for graduation. The university has eight schools. Currently, LeTourneau University is led by its sixth president, Dr. Dale A. Lunsford, and its board of trustees.

LeTourneau University is an unapologetically Christian university. While it has no direct denominational ties, it welcomes students of all denominations who love and seek after God. It is a place where students have found a deeper relationship with Him, grown in their spiritual walk and discovered God's purpose for their lives.

Currently, LeTourneau University is led by its seventh president, Dr. Steven D. Mason, and its board of trustees.

LeTourneau University is an unapologetically Christian university. While it has no direct denominational ties, it welcomes students of all denominations who love and seek after God. It is a place where students have found a deeper relationship with Him, grown in their spiritual walk and discovered God's purpose for their lives.

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