2018 Recipients

DAA recipients

Scott J. McLean ’78

Throughout his 40-year banking career, Scott J. McLean has prioritized service to the community alongside his everyday responsibilities. President and COO of Zions Bancorporation, a leading U.S. financial services company, McLean also serves on the company’s board of directors and as chairman of its Texas subsidiary, Amegy Bank, where he previously served as CEO. McLean was previously with JP Morgan Chase for 23 years, where he served as president in Dallas and Houston and as chairman in El Paso.

 Scott J. McLean ’78

Since earning a B.B.A. from the Cox School of Business, McLean has maintained close ties to his alma mater. He serves on the SMU Board of Trustees and is a past president of the SMU Alumni Board. During The Second Century Campaign, he served as co-chair of the Houston Campaign Steering Committee and co-chair of the Texas Campaign Steering Committee, and was a co-chair of the Texas Standing Committee for A Time to Lead. In 2014, he was honored with a Cox Distinguished Alumni Award.

The United Way of Greater Houston named McLean a trustee emeritus after more than two decades of distinguished leadership, including chairman of the board, chairman of the $80 million Houston Community Campaign and chairman of the CEO Search Committee. In 2013, he served as chairman of the $7.5 million 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE Capital Campaign supporting the largest 2-1-1 HELPLINE in the country. In 2017, he led the United Way’s efforts to raise $50 million in Hurricane Harvey relief funds. In appreciation of his years of leadership, he received the United Way Volunteer of the Year Award and the City of Houston proclaimed “Scott McLean Day.” 

McLean is a member of the board of CenterPoint Energy, a Fortune 500 utility company, and Houston’s Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. He and his wife, Anna, chaired a record-breaking $3.5 million fundraiser supporting Memorial Hermann’s trauma care programs in 2018. His civic involvement also has included serving on other philanthropic and healthcare boards in Dallas, El Paso and Houston, including serving as chairman of the $40 million Dallas United Way Community Campaign.