Release Date: April 29, 2009
May Receives Interim Appointment as ASU Graduate Dean
Dr. Brian J. May, a professor of animal science since 1994 at Angelo State University, has been named to a two-year interim appointment as dean of the College of Graduate Studies at the university, effective June 1.
ASU provost Don Coers announced the appointment after concluding an unsuccessful search to fill the position. Dr. Coers said May’s teaching, research and administrative experience as well as his community and political savvy make him the perfect candidate to fill the position for the next two years.
“As we work to expand our graduate offerings, increase our graduate enrollment and realize even greater benefits of our affiliation with the Texas Tech University System, Dr. May provides the requisite skills to help us meet those goals,” Coers said.
Foremost among May’s tasks over the next two years, said Coers, will be working with the Texas Tech System to broaden ASU’s graduate offerings at Tech’s Hill Country campuses in Marble Falls, Fredericksburg and Junction.
As a faculty member, May’s academic responsibilities have been split evenly between teaching and research over the years. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in animal science and conducted nutritional physiological and behavioral research on cattle, sheep and goats. He has served on the ASU Research Enhancement Committee as well as on several thesis committees. He has published numerous refereed journal articles and abstracts as well as made multiple presentations at state, national and international conventions.
Over the last year, May has served both as president of the ASU Faculty Senate and as special assistant to the president for external affairs at ASU.
Prior to joining the ASU faculty, May served as executive director of the Mohair Council of America and gained extensive administration and governmental relations experience for the trade organization. During his seven-year tenure with the council, he promoted mohair all over the world.
He has been active in community affairs. In 2008 he was named “Citizen of the Year” by the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce. He chaired the task force which promoted the successful passage last year of a $117 million bond issue for needed improvements in the San Angelo Independent School District.
May is a past president of the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association and was active in the movement to pass and then extend a half-cent sales tax in San Angelo to enhance fairgrounds facilities, including the 1st Community Credit Union Spur Arena. He was recipient of the association’s first Golden Spur award, given to individuals for exceptional contributions to the stock show.
An alumnus of Angelo State, May has been active in the ASU Alumni Association and was a key player in the association’s successful effort in 2007 to make the university part of the Texas Tech University System. May has served on the association’s board of directors for many years and is a past president of the organization.
May is a long-time member of the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, having served on numerous chamber committees and boards. He also serves on the board of directors of Texas Bank in San Angelo.
May earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, both in Animal Science, from ASU before earning a Ph.D. in ruminant nutrition from Texas A&M University in 1987. His research interests include the effect of growth implants on feedlot lamb performance and carcass characteristics, performance testing of meat goat male kids and the use of rumen escape protein sources on performance of growing and finishing bulls.
May and his wife, Patti, have two daughters.