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Galyean named dean of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Galyean named dean of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Officials at Texas Tech University have announced that Michael Galyean will become the permanent dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, effective April 1. He was named interim dean in February 2011, taking the reins in July, on the retirement of John Burns.

“I look forward to building on past success and to address the challenges and opportunities we face in the coming years,” Galyean said.

Today’s (March 13) announcement came from Provost Bob Smith. Galyean is a Horn professor and Thornton Distinguished Chair in beef cattle nutrition and management in Texas Tech’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences.

“Michael is the ideal person to fill the dean position in CASNR,” Smith said. “His background and experience will be most helpful in making successful contributions. President Bailey and I believe he will work successfully across the university landscape in unique ways to help the college advance to future significant levels.”

Galyean earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from New Mexico State University, and a master’s in animal science and doctoral degree in animal nutrition, both from Oklahoma State University. He joined the faculty at Texas Tech in 1998 and was chairman of the Animal Care and Use Committee from 2002 to 2006.

Previously he was assistant professor, associate professor, and professor in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at New Mexico State University from 1977 to 1990; professor and superintendent of the New Mexico State University Clayton Livestock Research Center from 1990 to 1996; and professor of animal science at West Texas A&M University and the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station in Amarillo from 1996 to 1997.

Along with awards from other organizations and universities, Galyean has received multiple awards from Texas Tech, including the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Outstanding Researcher Award (2004, 2005); the President’s Academic Achievement Award (2005); and he was appointed as a Horn Professor (2006).

Additionally, he earned the Animal Management Award from the American Society of Animal Science (2006); the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Service and Outreach Award from Texas Tech (2007); and he was named a Fellow in the American Society of Animal Science (2010). Galyean is a member of the American Society of Animal Science, American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, American Dairy Science Association and American Society for Nutritional Sciences.

Written by Leslie Cranford

CONTACT: Michael Galyean, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or michael.galyean@ttu.edu

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