Dwight & Pamala York
Dwight and Pamala York arrived on the campus of East Texas State University in 1973 as newlyweds. Pamala worked for the University while Dwight attended classes full time. He worked through the University work study program and worked as many other jobs in the Commerce area to fund his education. They lived in married housing, thus requiring year round attendance to maintain residency. Dwight completed his BS degree with a double major in less than three years graduating at the age of 20. Fifteen years later he returned to complete his MBA.
After several attempts at entrepreneurial. ventures and a stent In the U.S. Army, Dwight became a banker with Bank of America (BOA) where he earned the title of Senior Vice President. He was accountable for Infrastructure delivery for key BOA applications for the Americas and led the expansion of treasury applications platforms into Brazil. He took early retirement from BOA in 2014.
After a brief retirement he returned to the technology management field with Dell Services (Perot Systems) in 2015 taking on the accountability for the financial systems for their largest client (Tenet Healthcare).
Why we give is a difficult question, I often want to say “why would we not give”. We believe in the value of education and that education is the key to improving our economy and the lives of our citizens. That is the driving reason we have established Scholarships for the students at our alma mater. We believe any success we have in life is the result of the combination of the influence of others and our educational experiences.
We have established multiple scholarships to honor people who have impacted our lives. My parents (L. T and Buena York) who instilled in me the desire of a higher education and the drive to succeed in my endeavors. Also Dr. Marsena Norris, the Commerce Ag Economics professor who led me to understand my aptitude for business and guided me through my undergraduate years. Additionally, we honored my Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity brothers that are no longer with us, but gave me their support and friendship when I need it. Lastly, we set up one in our name so that future students might see that giving back to the University is more of a duty than an option.