Junior Achievement names new director

Published on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 17:20 - Written by Staff Reports


Longtime Tylerite John McDougald has been named the executive director for Junior Achievement of the Greater Tyler Area, the organization’s board announced today.

McDougald, 47, has spent more than 23 years working with the community’s youth through the Boy Scouts of America and most recently served with CASA for Kids of East Texas.

“I like making an impact on the lives of children, so they can make an impact on our society and our nation,” McDougald said. “Junior Achievement, specifically, helps children learn about financial literacy.”

McDougald will replace Jim Guay, who is retiring July 31, who has spent 23 years as executive director of Junior Achievement of the Greater Tyler Area.

Chad Cargile, the chapter’s board president, said, “The Junior Achievement board is pleased that John has agreed to serve as our new executive director for Junior Achievement of Tyler.”

“John is well-known to the Tyler community for his longtime service to the East Texas Council of the Boy Scouts of America and brings more than 25 years of practical nonprofit experience to JA,” Cargile said.  “The JA search committee, led by Jim Thompson, CFO of Cavender’s, did a tremendous job sourcing some outstanding candidates for the position.

“However, John's passion for education and experience of working with young people was impressive and shone throughout the process.  It is always difficult to replace an executive director of the caliber and reputation we had with Jim Guay, but we are confident we have made a great choice.”

McDougald, an Eagle Scout, graduated in 1985 from Augusta Senior High in Augusta, Kansas. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s of Science in computer information science from the University of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio, in 1989.

From 1989 to 1993, he worked as a Boy Scouts of America camp director in Garden City, Kansas, before moving to Amarillo, where he managed a Scouts district and provided staff leadership for a Webelos resident camp until 1996.

He came to Tyler in August 1996 and began work as a Boy Scouts of America senior district executive. He served as district director, managing 103 volunteers, until last year.

McDougald has spent this year working as development director for CASA for Kids of East Texas, writing grants and organizing a fundraising event.

His community involvement includes the Rotary Club and Toastmasters. He also has taught religious education and has traveled to the Philippines.

McDougald has been married for 22 years to his wife, Joy, who works at Wal-Mart. In their free time, they enjoy traveling.