MacBee Special Utility District presented William R. Sum-mitt with a Certificate of Appreciation for 36 years of selfless and dedicated service.
Summitt became a Director for the MacBee Water Supply Corporation in 1982 and was appointed to serve as president of the board in 1984. He left the Board of Directors as of December 2018 due to health concerns.
Summitt earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture and a master’s degree in Agriculture Extension from the University of Missouri in 1953 and 1957 respectively. He earned his PHD in Economics in 1961 and taught some classes as a student assistant along the way.
His first job was with the USDA in Washington, D.C. as a researcher with the Planning Division. In 1966, he moved to Albuquerque, N.M. associated with the Forest Service and Economic Service with Soil Conservation Service.
In 1971, he moved to Dallas with the Corps of Engineers as an economist with the Planning Division. His work involved water supply studies and evaluation of large projects completed to confirm the benefits claimed for the Arkansas River Project.
The benefits claimed included flood control, hydro-electric power, transportation of large barges, fish and wildlife, water supply, etc.
When Summitt retired, he moved to Canton and became a director for the MacBee Water Supply Corporation in 1982.
In 1984, he was appointed President of the Board and served in that position until 2017. In his time on the Board of Directors, he has been instrumental in the funding and building of a 2.5-million-gallon water treatment plant, the construction and moving into a new office building located at 402 E. South Commerce Street in Wills Point and the conversion from a water supply corporation to a special utility district in 2002.
Summitt has helped to oversee many challenges that are part of the water utility industry as MacBee SUD has more than doubled in size during Summit’s time served on the board.