2013 Distinguished Alumnus: Don Cain '76
McMurry University has named telecommunications leader Don Cain ’76 as its Distinguished Alumnus for 2013.
Cain will be honored at the Distinguished Alumni Dinner Thursday, Oct. 3, as part of McMurry’s Homecoming festivities.
Since 2010, Cain has been senior vice president for state regulatory initiatives for AT&T in Texas. Before that, he was president of AT&T Texas for two years.
Cain previously was president of AT&T Oklahoma and AT&T’s (formerly SBC) managing director of federal regulatory policy in the company’s Washington, D.C office.
Before his Washington assignment, Cain headed the legislative and regulatory team for three years in South Africa, representing the company’s interest in Telkom South Africa. While there, he worked with the South African Parliament to help establish a new law that opened the market to competition. One of his proudest career accomplishments is helping bring phone service to over 3,200 villages that previously had limited or no service. He continues to be a strong advocate for using technology to improve productivity, economic conditions and the quality of life for consumers and businesses.
Cain started with AT&T in 1979 in Dallas in the company’s customer-focused network services organization.
While at McMurry, Cain was involved in student government, a fraternity, athletics, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, public speaking, and a number of other activities.
Cain is a former member of the McMurry University Board of Trustees. He has served in a variety of community and state organizations involving business, education, the United Way and other civic activities.
Cain grew up in the Texas Panhandle city of Pampa. He and his wife, Kathy, have two daughters.