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Induction Category & YearGeneral 1980
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   Hilton Briggs
Champion of Excellence


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.

Awards & Honors:

Fellow, Am. Society of Animal Science Fellow, Am. Association for Advancement of Science Builder of Men Award, Farm House Fraternity, 1960 National 4-H club Alumni Achievement Award, 1959 Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service, Department of the Army, 1974 Outstanding South Dakota Citizen Award, SD Press Association, 1975 He has been named to Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the Midwest, and Who's Who in Education, American Men and Women of Science, the Dictionary of International Biography, the Blue Book, Creative and Successful Personalities, International Who's Who in Community Service, Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans and Men of Achievement 1978 named to Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery.

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