UW animal science leader honored
A professor who joined the University of Wyoming as a beef cattle specialist and is now head of the Department of Animal Science has received a President's Faculty Stewardship Award.
Doug Hixon, in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, received the award during the President's Commencement Dinner. Larry Weatherford, a professor of decision science in the College of Business and the Scarlett Chair in Business Administration, also received the honor.
Each receives $5,000. The college or department will receive $2,500, and the recipient can direct another $2,500 toward a university unit or club. The awards are funded by the University of Wyoming Foundation.
"I am humbled by the recognition and, if I've contributed anything, it is only because of the good people with whom I've been associated," said Hixon. "This includes the livestock industries and producers throughout the state, our students and our outstanding faculty and staff members. It has been a total team effort and a great ride."
During his first 19 years at UW as beef cattle Extension specialist, he worked with beef producers throughout the state. His research interest was in the area of beef cattle production and management with emphasis on the interaction between nutrition and reproduction.
After becoming department head in 2001, Hixon continued to teach the advanced beef production and management course through 2008. Since then, administrative duties have consumed most of his time, although he still advises approximately 45 undergraduate students. There has been a 45-percent increase in the number of animal and veterinary science majors over the past five years.
Stewardship activities have a direct bearing on the quality of relationships between the University of Wyoming and its alumni and donors, noted Frank Galey, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
"There is no doubt that professor Hixon's commitment to donor relations, alumni involvement and outreach activities has fostered long-term relationships by keeping UW activities and people visible and keeping UW donors informed and involved," said Galey. "He is an exemplary recipient of the President's Faculty Stewardship Award."