McHenry T. Tichenor, Jr.




*Director Emeritus

McHenry “Mac” Tichenor, 65, is president of Tichenor Ventures, LLC, private investment company concentrating on early stage investments in the life sciences, president of the Osteosarcoma Institute, Inc., and Executive Director of the WWWW Foundation, Inc.

The WWWW Foundation (QuadW) was established in memory of Mac’s son Willie Tichenor, who died of osteosarcoma in 2006 at age 19.  Its name stands for “What Would Willie Want?” and its mission is to support innovative ideas in higher education, sarcoma research, personally transforming mission experiences, and general philanthropy.

The Osteosarcoma Institute is a virtual research institute formed in 2017 and dedicated to dramatically improving the life expectancy or osteosarcoma patients through a comprehensive, rational approach to developing better treatments.

Mr. Tichenor began a career in broadcasting in 1979, joining his family’s company, Tichenor Media System, in Harlingen, Texas.  In 1981, Mac became president of Tichenor Media and oversaw its expansion into Spanish-language radio and relocation to Dallas in 1988.  In 1997, the company merged with Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation, creating the largest Hispanic radio company in the U.S.  In 2003, Hispanic Broadcasting merged with Univision Communications Inc., the largest diversified Spanish-language media company in the country.  He left day-to-day operations of Univision Radio in December of 2004, and left the board of directors when the company was sold to a private investor group in March of 2007.  In June 2007, he began a full time course of study in biotechnology and, in 2010, formed Tichenor Ventures, LLC as a private biotechnology investment vehicle.

Mr. Tichenor is a director of NGM Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: NGM), and is active on various boards associated with the University of Texas, including the Chancellors Council Executive Committee, Advisory Council of the McCombs School of Business, the MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors, and the Southwestern Medical Foundation.  Other civic involvement has included serving as Chairman of the Harlingen Area United Way Campaign, Chairman of the Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Gladys Porter Zoo of Brownsville, Chairman of the Texas Business Hall of Fame, and a member of the Texas Lyceum.  He has served as a director of the Texas Association of Broadcasters and the National Association of Broadcasters.  Honors include recognition as a distinguished alumnus of the UT Austin business school (1987), being named Texas Association of Broadcasters Broadcaster of the Year (2001), and induction into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame (2003).  In 2005, along with his grandfather, father and brother Warren, he was named one of the Library of American Broadcasting’s “Giants of Broadcasting,” and received the National Association of Broadcasting’s Pioneer Broadcaster award in 2006.  In 2008, he was named to the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame.

Mr. Tichenor graduated from Denton High School in 1973, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977, and an MBA from UT Austin in 1979.  In 2009, he completed a Masters of Science in Biotechnology at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Mac was born on July 27, 1955 in Bethesda, Maryland.  He and his wife Lisa reside in Dallas, Texas, and are active in the Highland Park United Methodist Church.  They have a son and daughter in law, Taylor and Sarah, who live and work in Dallas.  Mac’s hobbies include music, skiing, bicycling, hiking, and flying.