Release Date: November 5, 2001
ASU's Croy Appointed to Board for Youth Ranches
Dr. Melanie A. Croy, professor and head of the Kinesiology Department at Angelo State University, has been named a director for the Advisory Board of the Hill Country Youth Ranch in Ingram and its sister campus, the Big Springs Ranch for Children near Leakey.
The Advisory Board is a group of select professionals who offer expertise to the Youth Ranch organization, help spread the word in their communities as ambassadors for the youth facilities, and provide assistance in developing the program itself. The Advisory Board was formed in 1977 and consists of 30 professionals from all walks of life and from throughout Texas.
The Hill Country Youth Ranch opened in 1977 as a home for abandoned, abused and neglected children. Presently 75 children reside on the two ranches. To date 760 boys and girls, ages 6-18 from all across Texas, have called the ranches home.
The Big Springs Ranch for Children opened on the Frio River in Real County in 1997. It is the site for a planned intergenerational village for children and seniors.
Croy learned of the Big Springs Ranch for Children through an article in the San Angelo Standard-Times and a segment on Texas Country Reporter that aired in early 2001. She visited both campuses and volunteered her time as a mentor to the children. She has sponsored various activities for the children, including a field trip for 16 of them to visit ASU and learn about college life.
Gary Priour, executive director of the ranches, said, "Dr. Croy has come into the life of our childcare family at a key moment in our history, when we are growing rapidly. Her efforts on behalf of the children, especially at the new ranch near Leakey, have given us a tremendous boost."