Leighton McCormick

Business Development Consultant at McCormick Associates L.L.C.

Leighton E. McCormick, BJ '69

Degree(s): BJ '69 (Advertising)

Whereabouts: United States, Webster Grove, Missouri

What do you do?
I am a business development consultant, primarily for defense industry contractors.

How did you get your job?
I was recommended by the associate dean and senior faculty at the J-School.

What is the best professional lesson you learned at the J-School?
Get it written, then make it right.

What advice do you have for current students?
Ask questions; take notes; make certain you find out who, what, when, where, why, and sometimes how; and then report accurately and objectively. Follow John Adams’ advice: “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

What is your favorite J-School memory?
Serving as lab instructor for faculty members Milton Gross, Frank Dobyns, Ruth Bratek, and Robert Haverfield.

Any additional comments?
Wonderful school, faculty, classes, and memories to last a lifetime! Also, I recently published a first novel, “House on October Hill” (AuthorHouse).

Updated: March 8, 2016