Alumni recognized for business, community service

Michael-and-Virginia-Jessemey-McCarty-smallSHELTON, Wash. – Michael and Virginia Jessemey McCarty were honored Monday, Sept. 14, with the Washington State University Alumni Association (WSUAA) Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of service to their community, state and WSU.

He is recently retired as chief executive officer of the Association of Washington Cities. She is the owner of McCarty & Associates marketing firm, which she founded in 1986. Both are active in local philanthropic, church and economic development efforts.

Michael and Virginia Jessemey McCarty.

They are lifetime members of the WSUAA and they created the Jessemey/McCarty Family Scholarship in WSU’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

Michael McCarty has been manager of the Thurston Conservation District, administrator for the City of Shelton, past president of the Washington City Management Association and board member for the National League of Cities. He was appointed by former Gov. Christine Gregoire to a select committee on the state budget and was invited to be part of a state delegation that met with President Barack Obama and his cabinet.

Virginia Jessemey McCarty is founder and owner of the event center Events at 16 Maples. She has worked for WSU Athletics sports information, Sunkist Inc., and Swimming World magazine. She is a founding member of the Centennial Guild to support Mason General Hospital in Shelton and was a 2006 recipient of the American Business Women’s Award presented by the hospital foundation.

She is a member of the professional advisory board for WSU’s Murrow College and mentors students and graduates. Both have served their community’s chamber of commerce, economic development council and various charitable groups and efforts.

He graduated in recreation from WSU in 1975; she earned her degree in broadcasting in 1974.

The WSUAA Alumni Achievement Award was created in 1970 by the WSUAA Board of Directors to recognize alumni who have given outstanding service to WSU and made contributions to their professions and communities. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association. Of an estimated 250,000 students who have attended WSU, the McCartys are the 519th and 520th Alumni Achievement Award recipients.



Christina Rulffes Parrish, WSU Alumni Engagement, 509-335-6907,