2021 Distinguished Alumni: Michael Galyean
Michael Galyean of Lubbock, Texas, received his master’s and doctoral degree from OSU in animal science and animal nutrition, respectively. He currently is the provost and vice president of academic affairs at Texas Tech University, where he holds the position of Paul Whitfield Horn Professor in Texas Tech’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences.
As noted in Animal and Food sciences Department Head Clint Rusk’s nomination statement, Galyean has established himself as one of the top beef cattle nutritionists in the U.S. and the world during his more than 40-year career.
“Dr. Galyean’s contributions to animal science extend well beyond his own research program,” he wrote. “Many of the graduate students and post-doctoral students who worked under his guidance have gone on to noteworthy careers in research, education, Extension, and industry in the U.S. and several foreign countries. The success of his students, as evidenced by their productivity and numerous honors, is perhaps the best testament to Dr. Galyean’s leadership in livestock production research.”
In addition to his career achievements, Galyean and his wife have endowed five scholarships at various universities, including the Michael and Charlotte Galyean Scholarship for graduate students in ruminant nutrition at OSU.