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Agriculture and Environment Department to present annual Aggie awards

For immediate release
Oct. 22, 2003

The Department of Agriculture and Environment at Abilene Christian University will award its Outstanding Aggie Alumnus Award and Young Professional Award during the Aggie Club annual Homecoming barbecue and banquet Saturday, Oct. 25, at 5 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Hillcrest Church of Christ.  Reservations are not required, and the dinner is $8.50.

The Young Professional Award – given to alumni who have been working in the field of agriculture or environmental science for less than ten years and have accomplishments that indicate promising contributions to family, ACU, community, church and career – will be presented to co-recipients Ronnie May and Hurley Miller. The Outstanding Aggie Alumnus Award – given to alumni who have been working in the field of agriculture or environmental science for at least ten years and who exhibit outstanding contributions to family, ACU, community, church and career –will be presented to Gailian “Dean” Bagley Jr.

May graduated from ACU in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and completed graduate classes in environmental management at Hardin-Simmons University.  He is currently the agricultural programs coordinator for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.  May has worked as a ranch manager for C-Bar R Ranch, crew chief for Control Brush Management in Abilene and state environmental monitoring specialist coordinator.

Miller is a 1993 ACU graduate and is currently working as a County Extension Agent in Tarrant County.  He also has a master’s degree in Range and Agronomy from ACU and a master’s in Agriculture Education from Tarleton State University.  Miller has significant programming experience in both animal and plant agriculture, and his current goal is to extend the 4-H & Youth Development program to all youth in Tarrant County. 

Bagley will be named the Outstanding Aggie Alumnus of the year.  He graduated from ACU in 1968 with a bachelor’s in agricultural economics and went on to complete an MBA at the Thunderbird American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix.  He serves on the board of directors or as a member or officer for associations such as the Texas Citrus and Vegetable Association, Produce Marketing Association, Canadian Fruit Wholesalers’ Association and the Confederation National de Organismos de Productores de Hortalizas y Fruitas de Culican and is a member of the school board and an elder in his church.

Currently, Bagley works as owner and president of Bagley Produce Company, Inc., a company he founded in 1976.  He has also served as a part-time professor at the University of Texas Pan American, an Electronic Technician for Texas Aerospace, Inc. and has done foreign study in London, Berlin, Moscow and Belize City, Belize.

He and his wife Alita have four children.

Student recipients of departmental scholarships will be recognized at the banquet as well.


If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Wendy Kilmer, university news coordinator.

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