Release Date: March 7, 2008
Steve, Pollyanna Stephens to Receive Honorary ASU Degrees
Regents of the Texas Tech University System (TTUS) on Friday voted unanimously to confer Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degrees on F.L. “Steve” and Pollyanna Stephens for their longstanding support of Angelo State University.
Meeting in El Paso, TTUS regents recognized the San Angelo couple for their long-time financial support of the university, including a $1 million gift toward the construction of the Junell Center/Stephens Arena. The Stephens will receive their honorary degrees at ASU’s December commencement.
Steve Stephens, one of the state’s most prominent businessmen, is retired chairman, chief executive officer, and co-founder of Town & Country Food Stores, Inc. He has been recognized nationwide for his contributions to the convenience store industry.
Pollyanna Stephens is the retired co-owner, board secretary and director of public relations and special events for Town & Country Food Stores. She served 12 years a member of the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System, including a term as chairman. ASU was a member of the Texas State University System during her tenure.
Over the years they have made a dynamic pair and have compiled a long and enviable record of public service both at the community and statewide levels. Their business, civic, cultural and philanthropic efforts have touched the lives of virtually everyone in San Angelo, whether they stop at a Town & Country Food Store or attend a July 3rd Pops Concert that their firm started sponsoring years ago.
Steve Stephens has received the Entrepreneurial Success Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. He has been inducted into the Convenience Store Industry Hall of Fame and has received the Spirit of America Award from the National Grocer’s Association as well as being named Outstanding Texas Leader by the John Ben Shepherd Leadership Forum.
Pollyanna Stephens has served on the boards of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, the San Angelo Business and Education Coalition, the Junior League of San Angelo, the West Texas Lighthouse for the Blind and the San Angelo Schools Foundation.
Together they have given of themselves often. Together they have been recognized by many organizations for their community-mindedness. The ASU Alumni Association has designated them as “Honorary Alumni” and the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce has named them “Citizens of the Year.”
The Stephens have two daughters, Susan Stephens Brooks and Liz Stephens Bates, and are the grandparents of Mason Brooks, Lauren Brooks, Brandt Bates and Madison Bates.