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January 2008

Release Date: January 25, 2008

ASU Ag Professor Named San Angelo Citizen of the Year

Dr. Brian J. May, who has served on the Angelo State University agriculture faculty since 1994 and been involved in numerous civic organizations and activities, has been named Citizen of the Year by the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce.

May received the honor during the annual awards banquet of the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his broad range of civic involvement and community support.

Over the years, May, a professor of animal science and a research associate at ASU’s Management, Instruction and Research Center, has been involved in a variety of activities in agriculture, community development and education.

ASU President Joseph C. Rallo said May is a role model for faculty involvement in the community.

“Brian is committed to San Angelo and its future,” Rallo said. “He spends a lot of time serving the community and truly enjoys working with people. His enthusiasm is contagious and, on top of that, he is successful at whatever he sets out to do.”

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.

Currently, May serves as facilitator for the new San Angelo Independent School District advisory group to make recommendations for a district bond election. He also works as a radio announcer for Wall High School football games.

May is a long-time member of the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, having served on numerous chamber committees and boards. He serves on the board of directors for the West Texas Boys Ranch and for Texas Bank in San Angelo.

Before joining the ASU faculty, May served seven years as executive director of the Mohair Council of America in San Angelo and promoted the mohair industry throughout the world.

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, Morgan and Mackenzie.

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