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ASU Again Named a ‘Great College to Work For’

July 18, 2017

Angelo State University has been named one of the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” for 2017 by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the major national news source for college and university faculty and administrators.

ASU was one of only 79 institutions of higher education recognized nationally by The Chronicle and also ranked highly enough to be one of only 42 institutions named to The Chronicle’s 2017 Honor Roll. This marks the third straight year ASU has made both the “Great Colleges to Work For” list and the Honor Roll. 

Dr. Brian J. MayDr. Brian J. MayAngelo State President Brian J. May said, “When we talk about what makes Angelo State a great place to work, ‘family’ comes to mind first. Our faculty and staff consistently demonstrate their drive for quality through teaching, research, community engagement and unmitigated commitment to student success. We strive for a collaborative environment, and as a result, alumni participation, donor generosity and student enrollment are breaking records. ‘Family’ is what makes Angelo State great, and there is no family like the Ram Family.” 

Robert DuncanRobert Duncan“This is a remarkable achievement for the people who make Angelo State University an outstanding institution,” Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert Duncan said. “Dr. May and his leadership team are dedicated to creating a family-first environment with a welcoming and dynamic culture among the faculty, staff and students on campus. It is a testament to the quality and consistency of efforts across campus for Angelo State University to receive this prestigious honor for three straight years from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Congratulations to Dr. May and to the entire Ram Family.” 

The “Great Colleges to Work For” designation is based upon surveys conducted earlier this year of more than 45,000 employees at 232 colleges and universities nationally. Angelo State was one of eight Texas four-year institutions to earn the designation, one of only two Texas state-supported universities to be honored, and the only Texas state-supported university to make the Honor Roll. ASU was previously identified as one of the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” in 2009, 2013 and 2015-16. 

Kurtis NealKurtis NealASU Human Resources Director Kurtis Neal said, “The leadership, commitment and hard work displayed by our employees on a daily basis create an amazing campus experience. I am lucky to be a part of an organization such as this. Our employees are committed to making Angelo State a great university for our students and a great place to work. The ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ designation for the third year in a row is a wonderful honor for the campus community, and making the Honor Roll for a third straight year is definitely something for the campus to brag about.” 

Additionally, Neal said the broader national exposure for ASU that comes with the recognition by The Chronicle of Higher Education will enhance the university’s ability to recruit high-quality faculty, staff and administrators. ASU currently has 947 employees, including 408 faculty and 539 staff. 

The Chronicle’s survey evaluates employee satisfaction in 12 categories in four general areas: leadership, the workplace, careers and compensation. Its two-part assessment process includes an institutional audit of demographics and workplace policies, as well as the survey of faculty, staff and administrators, with employee feedback being the primary factor. 

The entire 2017 list of “Great Colleges to Work For” is available online at The 2017 Honor Roll details are online at

The print edition of The Chronicle’s 2017 Academic Workplace special report featuring the complete survey results will be released July 21.

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