Dr. Briggs was a recognized livestock judge in the U.S. as well as overseas. In 1957, he was invited by the Government of Peru to act as a livestock consultant and judge in the country's largest sheep show. He has judged all major sheep shows in the U.S., served on the National Committee on Training for Government service. And in 1975, he was honored by the SD Legislature for "distinguished achievement as a teacher, scientist, administrator, and leader in higher education."
Dr. Briggs has gained eminence as a recognized authority in livestock judging, as an author of a textbook, as a teacher, research nutritionist, university administrator and as a strong spokesman for animal agriculture.
During Dr. Briggs' 17 years of leadership at South Dakota State University, student enrollment climbed from 3800 to 6200 and 56% of the buildings on campus were constructed during his tenure. Nearly $37 million in construction and remodeling projects were approved and completed during his 17 years including some $4 million for a new library named in Briggs' honor.
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