Dwight D. King
Posted April 11, 2011
2011 Outstanding Alumni
Dr. Dwight D. King, '70
Dr. Dwight D. King has continued to serve the veterinary
profession and the state of Texas for over 40 years with the same
work ethic he learned as a child living on a dairy farm.
After his graduation from vet school in 1970, Dr. King started
practicing with Dr. Austin Weedn in Houston. In 1974, he bought
Alamont Veterinary Clinic in Wharton, TX, and later added ranch
management to his practice.
From 1986 until 2006, Dr. King served as director and chairman
of the board of Community State Bank. Banking exposed Dr. King to
prudent financial management and led to the formation of K- Mana
LLC, a business management company. Among the company's portfolio
of clients are holdings in the ranching, banking, philanthropic
fundraising, private foundation, mineral production, and property
Dr. King has served several local organizations including the
Rotary Club, Wharton County Youth Fair, the local Boys and Girls
Club, Wharton ISD School Board, and the First United Methodist
Church. In addition, his band, The Pot Lickers, has performed at
fundraisers for over thirty years. Development of youth activities
became his passion, and in l997, he founded and became the
President of Team Wharton, Inc., a nonprofit organization. Team
Wharton Inc. and affiliates have raised over ten million dollars
over the past fifteen years to build and fund operations for the
Boys and Girls Club of Wharton. Dr. King was also instrumental in
the formation of the Mary Louise Dobson (MLD) Foundation. The MLD
Foundation is dedicated to permanently endowing the Boys &
Girls Club operations.
Dr. King's service to the veterinary profession started in the
early 1970s while practicing in Houston. He was active in the
Harris County VMA and served as secretary. In 1990, he became the
director of the Gulf Coast District of the Texas Veterinary Medical
Association (TVMA). In 1995, he was elected Chairman of the Board
of Directors, and in 2000, he was elected TVMA President. During
his years with TVMA, he was directly involved in the formation of
the Southwest Veterinary Symposium and served as president for the
first two years.
Since 1970, Dr. King has been a member of the American
Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and has been a Group Health
and Life Insurance Trustee (GHLIT) since 2006 and currently serves
as its treasurer. His motivation for serving as Trustee is to
provide quality, affordable insurance for AVMA members and their
families. In 2010, Dr. King led the negotiation team that generated
a new PPO provider contract that should save veterinarians over
thirty-three million dollars in medical insurance costs over the
next three years.
Dr. King married Jamie Farley in 1968. They have two daughters
and three granddaughters. Whether it is in regards to his passion
for his family, his profession, or his community involvement, Dr.
King endeavors to follow his personal motto: "Make It Better!"
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