Top Professional of 2018: Hall of Fame Retiree
A Mississippi native, Mr. McDavid became the owner the Wilk Amite Record at the tender age of 19. Mr. McDavid would hold this position, running the paper until 1958. After his cum laude graduation from the University of Houston, Mr. McDavid joined the staff of the Houston Chronicle. While there, his expertise and leadership took him through the ranks, attaining the position of president in 1990. In addition, Mr. McDavid has served on the advisory board of the American Press Institute and as president of Southwest Wch Printing. Over the course of his career, Mr. McDavid has been honored for his dedication and accomplishments.
Honors include being named to the Mississippi Journal Hall of Fame, Outstanding Ex-Citizen of Gloster 1973, the National Conference of Christians and Jews Man of the Year 1993, the Franklin Award, and the Taggart Award. Mr. McDavid considers being appointed to the University of Houston’s board of regents by President George Bush to be one of the more momentous honors of his career. He would serve two three year terms in this position. In order to fulfill his duties to the Regents Board, Mr. McDavid retired from his position at the Houston Chronicle. Mr. McDavid is also a supporter of multiple civic organizations and is currently serving as Chairman of the board of regents for the American Cancer Society in Houston.