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Distinguished Engineer Photo: Wendell Mayes, Jr.
Wendell Mayes, Jr.

Wendell Mayes, Jr.

Distinguished Engineer



Electrical Engineering – 1949



At Time of Nomination in 1985

Wendell Mayes received his B.S. with Honors in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1949 after serving in World War II as an aviation radio technician on the USS Yorktown. His career in broadcasting has been studded with achievements and honors, and his service to charitable, civic, and educational causes has distinguished him as a humanitarian and citizen.

Mr. Mayes was born in San Antonio and entered broadcasting in 1942. He has been associated with stations from Oklahoma City to Victoria, Texas. In particular, he has served as president of KNOW in Austin and KCSW in San Marcos/Austin, and as vice president of KXOL – AM/FM in Fort Worth and KBWD In Brownwood. During his tenure with KNOW, the station was awarded the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award from the University of Georgia. Currently, he is associated with the Wendell Mayes Stations in Midland, Odessa, Victoria, and Snyder. His professional interests have expanded into cable television; he is partner in the Corsican Cable Television Company and the Snyder Community Antenna Television Company. Mr. Mayes is also a director of the Texas Commerce Bank in Austin.

Actively involved in higher education, he has served as consultant for the Florida State University System. as lecturer in the College of Communication at the University of Texas in Austin, chairman of the TTU Mass Communications Advisory Committee, and director of the TTU Foundation. He has also served on the American Council for Education in Journalism, the accrediting agency for journalism and mass communications schools.

His civic and charitable activities include leadership in the International and American Diabetes Associations, the Rotary Club, and Chambers of Commerce. Among the numerous awards he has won are TTU Distinguished Alumnus, TTU Mass Communications Hall of Fame, the Texas Association of Broadcasters Pioneer Broadcaster of the Year, and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Diabetes Association.

The College of Engineering is indeed proud to designate Wendell Mayes, Jr., DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.

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