2023 Distinguished Alumni

Mr. John L. Navarrette ('87)

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Mr. John L. Navarrette ('87)

B.A.A.S. Applied Arts & Sciences

CenturyTel Investments of Texas, Inc.

John Navarrette is president of CenturyTel Investments of Texas Inc. He oversees South Texas Region Operations for CenturyLink’s South Texas District properties in Port Aransas, Pettus, Pawnee, Charco, Berclair, Stockdale, West Columbia, and San Marcos.

Navarrette began his career in the telephone industry in 1975 as an installer/repairman for the San Marcos Telephone Co.  He served in several roles for the company, including director of operations, Region IV manager, district manager, area operations manager for Texas markets, and acting general manager for Texas and Louisiana. He has also been heavily involved with the Texas Telephone Association (TTA), serving on their board and various committees to advance telecommunications. His efforts have earned him several industry awards, including the TTA’s highest award, the Neville Haynes Award. He has also served in various board roles with the Independent Telephone Pioneers Association and U.S. Telecom Association (formerly the United States Telephone Association).

Community involvement is a staple of Navarrette’s life. He has served on the San Marcos Industrial Foundation Board, San Marcos Women’s Sports Foundation Board, San Marcos CISD Education Foundation Board, Capital Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, CTMC Foundation Board of Directors and the San Marcos LBJ Museum Board of Directors in addition to several committees and Boards at Texas State University.