CANYON -- West Texas A&M University received 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.
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 programs 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.
"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 Universitys 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.