Steve Fraze became the Interim Dean of Texas Tech University’s College of Agricultural Sciences
and Natural Resources on August 1, 2016, taking the reins with the appointment of
Michael Galyean, the former CASNR Dean as the university’s new interim provost and
senior vice president. A native of Dora, New Mexico, Fraze earned his bachelor’s degree
in agriculture from Lubbock Christian College and a master’s degree along with a teaching
certificate from Texas Tech. He received his doctorate from Texas A&M University.
Recent awards and honors for Fraze include the American Association for Agricultural
Education Outstanding Agricultural Educator Award (2015); National FFA ‘VIP Citation’
(2015); American Association for Agricultural Education Senior Fellow (2014); President,
American Association for Agricultural Education (2015-2016); Gamma Sigma Delta Service
to Agriculture Award (2005); election to the Texas Tech Teaching Academy (2003), Texas
FFA Association Distinguished Service Award (2002); and Vocational Agriculture Teachers
Association of Texas Distinguished Service Award (2000).