2009 Outstanding Alumnus Awards
Outstanding Alumnus: David Forrest, Ph.D ('74)
Dr. David Forrest was born in Abilene and raised in Hawley, Texas. Upon graduation from Hawley High School, he entered Abilene Christian University majoring in Animal Science. His parents, Wayne and Nita, are both ACU Alumni, and his brother, Phil, also attended ACU. David was a member of the livestock, wool and dairy cattle judging teams and served as President of the Aggie Club. He was an assistant coach for the livestock judging team under Dr. Edwin Dubose. Following completion of the B.S., David was accepted into the graduate program in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. He completed an M.S. in Physiology of Reproduction in 1976. He continued graduate study at the University of Wyoming and received a Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology in 1979.
After completing graduate study, Dr. Forrest accepted a position as Extension Reproductive Physiologist at the University of California – Davis. In 1980, he returned to Texas A&M University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Science. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in reproductive physiology during the past three decades. He received a joint appointment to the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences in 1989 and was promoted to Professor in 1993. He has served as Chair of the advisory committee for 25 M.S. and 13 Ph.D. students. He has Co-Chaired the advisory committee for 13 M.S. and 6 Ph.D. students.
Dr. Forrest has served as a Faculty Advisor for the Saddle & Sirloin Club for 14 years and was a Faculty Advisor for the Collegiate 4-H Club for 19 years. He is past-President of the Brazos County 4-H Adult Leaders and the A&M Consolidate Young Farmers. In 2008, he received the Honorary Lone Star Degree from the Texas FFA. He is currently Chair of the Texas Equine Research Account Advisory Committee and of the Brazos County Youth Livestock Association. He serves as an Assistant Superintendent for the Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Contest for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Additionally, he has received the Vice Chancellor for Agriculture's Award in Excellence for Undergraduate Teaching and for Team Research. He was selected as the Teacher of the Year by the Texas A&M Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho. He received the Haas-Litterst Outstanding Teaching Award for the Department of Animal Science. He also served as president of the Texas A&M Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 1989-90.
Dr. Forrest was named as the Associate Head for Academic Programs in the Department of Animal Science in 2009.
He and his wife, Sandra Lovering, were married in 1977. They have one daughter, Jo Beth, and her husband is Matt Wolfe. The Forrest’s worshipped at the Cavitt Street Church of Christ in Bryan through 1997 where he taught Bible class. They currently worship at the A&M Church of Christ in College Station where they are involved with the Family Promise ministry.
Outstanding Young Alumnus: Brian Turner ('00)
Brian graduated from ACU in December 2000 with a B.S. in Environmental Science. During his last semester at ACU he married his high school sweet heart Amber. They have two children, Jackson (6) and Reagan (4).
After graduating from ACU, Brian accepted a position as Estimator/Project Manager at Eagle Construction and Environmental Services in Eastland Texas. From February 2000 to March 2004, Brian estimated and managed various environmental projects ranging in size and complexity from $1,500 to $5,000,000. He performed projects in over 20 states with the majority in Texas and Louisiana. He also received numerous training certificates including 40 hour HAZWOPER, confined space entry and rescue, lead and asbestos awareness and other scheduling and accounting software programs. He managed several government contracts and although he did not meet the number of years required to serve as Senior Project Manager, based on past experience and his working relationship with the contracts, the government approved him as the Senior Project Manager.
In late March of 2004, Brian and his family accepted an opportunity within Eagle to relocate to Knoxville, Tennessee to serve as Business Manager and Project Manager on Eagle’s largest project in company history. The project included the deactivation and demolition of 43 radioactive contaminated facilities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Within a year, Brian was promoted to Project Manager on the project and within two years, Division Manager of the Eagle Tennessee division. Brian successfully completed the $24,000,000 project and developed and managed other core business while manager of the Tennessee division including Eagle’s current largest contract for responding to and cleaning up methamphetamine laboratories.
In December of 2006, Brian and his family accepted the opportunity to relocate back to Eagle’s headquarter office in Eastland, Texas to serve as the Manager of Estimating and Project Management. They moved to Clyde, Texas and Brian commutes to Eastland. Brian was responsible for reviewing all estimates and managing all revenue produced by Eagle’s remediation division, which accounted for approximately $37,000,000 of the $50,000,000 per year.
In November 2008, Eagle merged with Southern Waste Services of Florida. Brian was promoted and is currently acting as Vice President of Project Estimating and Project Management. He is responsible for estimating and project management for the 32 offices of the $105,000,000 annual revenue company.
Brian and his family are active members of Kingdom Life Fellowship in Clyde, Texas.
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