A native of Greenville, Texas, John McCasland received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from in May, 1961 as well as his Master of Education Degree in August, 1962 from East Texas State College. he followed his Father, Charles McCasland (a student at East Texas Normal College) and his brother, Lee McCasland (a graduate of East Texas State Teachers College), as a student.
While at East Texas he was active in the Paragon Social Club and was a student during the process of the national Greek social organizations making their decisions to come to the ETSU campus. The Paragon Social Club affiliated with Kappa Alpha Order in November, 1960. He was also active in the Student Senate and the Inter-Fraternity Council and represented the university on the Texas Intercollegiate Student Association.
John started his career after college as a teacher of Texas History in a 7th Grade class in the Brownville (TX) Independent School District. In 1963, he joined the US Air Force as a candidate in the Officer Training School, Lackland AFB, in San Antonio, TX. After commissioning, his first assignment was at Yokota Air Base, outside Tokyo, Japan from 1963 to 1965. He was then assigned to Tinker AFB, Oklahoma City, for the rest of his Air Force career.
Exiting the USAF led him to The Service Bureau Company, a subsidiary of IBM. SBC specialized is processing data for companies not wanting a large computer installation back in the 60’s. The company evolved through an ownership change and later a name change to Ceridian Corporation and the specialization became payroll processing and human resource software. John worked in several departments, but primarily in Sales to on-going clients such as Mary Kay Cosmetics, Mrs. Baird’s Bread, Alcatel, Thompson and Knight Law Firm, Southwest Airlines, American Heart Association, Braniff Airways and other large corporations throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Additionally he taught classes on a national basis for Ceridian employees on payroll, accounts payable and general ledger applications while serving in management positions in the Dallas and Oklahoma City offices. He retired from Ceridian Corporation in 2000 after 33 years.
John received his CPP and began teaching classes on the state level for the Texas Payroll Association and for the Dallas and Fort Worth chapters of the organization. He has twice been recognized for his contributions to the profession by the Dallas Chapter of the American Payroll Association with the Outstanding Payroll Professional of the Year Award in 2004 and as a Premier Volunteer in 2008.
Upon retirement from Ceridian in 2000 he expanded his volunteer activities. He started delivering Meals on Wheels for the Visiting Nurses Association of Dallas and in 2005 received their Outstanding Volunteer Award. He has served his route in the Casa View area of Dallas since 2000.
While expanding volunteer activities, from 2000 to 2007 he became an Adjunct Faculty member at El Centro College in Dallas teaching Introduction to Accounting and Payroll Accounting to the night school students.
May, 2007 saw John move to Air Performance Service, Inc. and Air Performance Mechanical, Inc. as their Director of Payroll and Human Resources, where he is today.
John is active in his church, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rockwall and has served as an elder, deacon and a member of the board, chaired the pastoral relations committee for the senior pastor and sings in the choir. Additionally he has represented the congregation on the North Texas Area of the Association of Christian Churches, where he has also served on the Cabinet.
During most of these years there were volunteer activities associated with ETSU and as it became Texas A&M University – Commerce. In the 60’s it was keeping track of the alumni of the Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order and its predecessor, The Paragon Social Club. In the 80’s, John became a member of the organizing committee for the First Last Dinner Dance (an official chapter of the TAMU-Commerce Alumni Association). He joined the group when plans were being made for the second of the ten biennial dances held through 2009.
His alumni activities came full circle when in January, 2007 it was decided a all out effort needed to be launched to locate all of the alumni of the Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order and the Paragon for the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the founding of the KA chapter at TAMU-Commerce. Starting with about 20 names, the list has grown to over to 1000 names. He also organizes luncheons for this alumni group and speaks to the new member meetings (we called them pledges) for Kappa Alpha Order at the university.
John and his wife Sandy Dowd joined their families in 1984, and now have a wonderful family including his children, John Howard II and his wife, Margaret, and their children Hannah and John III, his daughter, Alicia, his son, Michael, and Sandy’s son, Scott Smith and wife, Joanna, his children, Alexis and Blake along with Joanna’s children, Austin, Hannah and Joshua Martin. Without the assistance of his very outstandingly supportive family, none of the above would have been possible.