ACU agriculture department awards Outstanding Aggie and Young Professional


For Immediate Release
Oct. 26, 1999

The Abilene Christian University agriculture department awarded Jack Minter the Outstanding Aggie Alumnus Award Oct. 23 during 1999 Homecoming festivities.

Minter is a 1956 ACU graduate with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture and animal husbandry. He received his master's of education degree from Sam Houston State Teachers College in 1958.

Minter spent four years in the Air Force, stationed in Germany and assigned to Air Force Intelligence. After his time in the Air Force he moved to Texas to farm, concentrating on new methods of cotton production. From there he moved to Australia to develop a cotton program. He settled in Wyoming, continued to farm, established a real estate office and eventually became president of the Wyoming State Association of Realtors in 1988. He worked in Lubbock for Caldwell Bankers before moving back to Texas to farm and sell organically grown cotton.

Minter has travelled to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Uganda, Honduras and Bulgaria as an evangelist. He was awarded the Outstanding Service Award in 1989 from the Riverton community. He was involved in the Lions Club there.

Minter is married and has two children and five grand-children

The Young Professional Award was awarded to co-recipients Richard Guy Brollier and Steven Neal Bradshaw.

Brollier graduated from ACU in 1991. He began his farming work in Kansas under Glenn Tuttle. In 1995, Richard took over Tuttle's farming business operation, now known as R & A Brollier Farms. He continues to farm 2,200 acres of land in addition to his and his father's farming interests.

Brollier participates in the Pioneer Electric election committee and the board of the Grant County Extension Office. He is involved in the Ulysses, Kan., Church of Christ.

Brollier is married and has two sons, and a third son is due in December.

Steven Bradshaw graduated from ACU in 1992 with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural business. After graduation, Bradshaw became the County Extension Agent Agriculture Assistant in Medina County, Texas. He then moved to Aspermont and became the County Extension Agriculture Agent for Stonewall County. Currently Steve is the co-owner of Lone Star Genetics, selling swine breeding stock and show pigs.

Bradshaw is a member of the Texas County Agricultural Agents, Abilene Christian University Alumni Association, American Yorkshire Club, Hampshire Swine Registry and the Texas Pork Producers.

Bradshaw is married and has three children.

ACU's Department of Agriculture and Environment is a nationally-recognized program, and faculty members are nationally recognized in teaching, professional leadership, research and consulting.

With technologically-advanced facilities, the Department of Agriculture and Environment offers high interaction between students and faculty, experiential learning and student involvement in faculty research projects.

ACU's agriculture students are readily accepted into top U.S. graduate programs; the department has a 100 percent acceptance rate of its students who apply for graduate school. The student employment placement rate is high and students excel in state, regional and national judging competition. Faculty members hold professional leadership roles in several national organizations.

The department was awarded the 1998 National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture John Deere Award for outstanding agribusiness program in the southern region. The department is an institutional member of the NACTA, the Agriculture Consortium of Texas (ACT) and the Consortium of Agriculture Programs at Independent Colleges and Universities (CAPICU).

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