Texas A&M University Chancellor McTeer to speak at annual MLK awards
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 1, 2006 -- East Caney Missionary Baptist Church will again be hosting a special ceremony and awards program to pay homage to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center.

The event, co-chaired by East Caney pastor Dr. M. LaVelle Hendricks, Deacon Charles Allen and Carolyn Malone Thomas, will honor a number of individuals with awards in approximately 30 categories. Two businesses and three individuals will also be presented with special Crystal Anniversary Awards in recognition of the 15th annual edition of the program.

Honors are bestowed to those who have crossed multi-racial and multi-worship barriers to help "fulfill Dr. King's dream of uniting us" in this community, according to event organizers.

Awards will be presented to individuals noted for spiritual, political, education, medical, humanitarian, social change, music, evangelism, encouragement, faithfulness, enterprise, law enforcement and business performances exemplifying the King's spirit. Special awards each year also include King's Kids, Legacy of the King, spirit of service, spirit of fellowship, spirit of dedication, spirit of commitment, and choice of excellence. 

The event would not be complete without the church of the year, employer of the year, employees of the year, pastor of the year, youth of the year, family of the year, MLK man of the year, MLK woman of the year and MLK person of the year.

Dr. Robert D. "Bob" McTeer, who was named chancellor of The Texas A&M University System in November 2004, will be the featured speaker during the Crystal Anniversary Celebration.

Before joining the A&M system, McTeer had a 36-year career with the U.S. Federal Reserve System, including almost 14 years as president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas. While serving as bank president, he also served on the Fed's principal policy-making committee, the Federal Open Committee.

In August 1968, he was with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Va., as an economist, then became editor of the bank's Economic Review and other publications, as well as administrative officer over the research department. In 1971, he became assistant to the bank's president and first vice president over policy formulation, speech writing and public affairs. In March 1980 he became head of Richmond Fed's Baltimore branch, where he continued until February of 1991 when he became president and CEO of the Dallas Fed.

He earned a doctoral degree in economics and a bachelor's of business administration with honors from the University of Georgia, where he then was a full-time instructor of money and banking, and international economics for two years. During the 70s and 80s he also served as adjunct professor at the University of Richmond, Commonwealth University and The Johns Hopkins University.

McTeer has written articles for The Wall Street Journal, The Dallas Morning News and the Financial Times, and been featured in USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily and Bloomberg News and on CNN, CNBC and CSPAN. He is also a noted speaker.

For more information about the Jan. 16 MLK celebration and awards program, contact Thomas at 903-348-6164.

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