Dr. Brian May, Angelo State University President
The Department of Agriculture is proud to recognize Dr. Brian May as our 2013-2014 Outstanding Alumni. Dr. May, his older brother Kevin and two sisters Bernadette and Mary grew up in Sudan, just northeast of Lubbock. This is where his family dedication to Angelo State University began; Kevin pursued his career in veterinary medicine, Bernadette and Mary pursed their careers in nursing and finally, Dr. May received his Bachelor’s as well as his Master’s in Animal Science. From there, his career was just beginning. Dr. May would continue his education and set foot to achieve many life-changing goals.
In 1976, May sat in freshman animal science, with the original intentions to someday be a county extension agent, but those plans were quick to change when May realized he was much more intrigued by the thought of teaching as well as being actively involved in research at the university. Dr. May has done numerous things for the Agriculture department. Working hand-in-hand with Dr. Gil Engdahl, they would start the first judging teams for Angelo State University as well as one of our university’s strongest student organizations - Block and Bridle.
Upon completion of his Master’s, Dr. May switched gears and traveled to College Station where he received his Doctorate in ruminant nutrition. From there, he gladly returned to west Texas where he would begin his lifelong endeavors. Dr. May took a step in a different direction from his initial plans to teach and became the executive director of the Mohair Council of America. This job opportunity helped carve Dr. May into the individual he is today.
One of the key learning experiences from that job he took made him realize that it is important to be actively involved in the community you live in, which is something that May takes much pride in. He is actively involved in the West Texas Boys Ranch, Sonrisas Therapeutic Riding Association, San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, Hospice of San Angelo, San Angelo Independent School District and San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association.
In 1994, Dr. May returned to teach as an Assistant Professor and Research Scientist. He also became president of the Alumni Association, which is one thing about Angelo State University that he truly loves. Upon his graduation, there was certainly an alumni association, but there was nothing that they could call home; so he and fellow alum, took part in designing and raising funds for the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center. His parents played a significant role in the building of this center as well. The May parents took pride and joy in this project, as all four of their children graduated from Angelo State University. They wanted to do their part in making the idea happen.
From there Dr. May set his sights on university administration. In 2007, along with his full-time professor duties he assumed the role of Special Assistant to the President, and in 2009, he was selected the Dean of College of Graduate Studies. In this role, he witnessed the rate of graduate enrollment increase by 66% over 4 years. In 2011, May served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs and was selected from a field of 60 applicants as the 5th President of Angelo State University.
Dr. May, met his wife Patti at Angelo State University and they had two daughters, Mackenzie and Morgan who kept the family tradition going. Dr. May states “I have a deep affinity and love for this school for what it did for me and continues to do for my family.” He feels that Angelo State offers many high quality degrees and suggest to future students that one of the best things you can do in your college career is just get involved. He assures us and anyone who asks him that Angelo State University is the school for him; he started out here and it is exactly where he will finish his career.