Four alumni achieve 'Distinction' status in animal science

April 24, 2012
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The animal science department presented its awards of distinction to alumni during recent ceremonies. From left are department head Mike Looper, who presented the awards to Billy Bob Webb, Donnie Campbell, Clinton Depew and Richard Sellers.
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas animal science department presented its 2012 Awards of Distinction to four alumni currently serving in varied fields. Department head Mike Looper presented the awards during the department's annual awards and scholarship luncheon on April 18. The recipients are:

Advanced Graduates of Distinction – Donnie R. Campbell, who earned a B.S. degree in 1971 and an M.S. degree in 1973; Clinton Depew, who earned a B.S. degree in 1972 and an M.S. degree in 1973, and Richard Sellers, who earned an M.S. degree in 1979.

Graduate of Distinction – Billy Bob Webb, who earned a B.S. degree in 1993.

Campbell has been a swine nutrition researcher for Roche Vitamins, which was purchased by DSM Nutritional Products, in Kansas City, Mo., where he focused on maximizing swine performance, improving health status and reducing feed costs while protecting the environment. He also holds a doctoral degree in animal science from the University of Florida and has been a research scientist for Farmland Industries and a nutrition consultant for Gro Master Feeds.

Depew has been at Louisiana State University since 1977 where he has served in numerous positions that led to his promotion to associate director of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service in 1998. In 2001 he joined the LSU animal science department as a professor and has since helped establish the Louisiana Stock Horse Association. He holds a doctoral degree from Virginia Tech University and has received numerous awards from equine organizations.

Sellers became vice president of the American Feed Industry Association in 2000, which he also served as director of feed control and nutrition. His previous positions include the Office of the Texas State Chemist in the Texas A&M University System where he participated in regulation of the state's feed and fertilizer industry. He was also a research associate at Winrock International Livestock Research and Training Center in Morrilton providing technical consulting to animal agriculture projects around the world.

Webb earned a juris doctorate from the UA School of Law after receiving his animal science degree and became a founding partner of the law firm of Keith, Miller, Butler and Webb, PLLC in Rogers. In 2008, he opened the Webb Law Office in Springdale, where he practices today. He is a former president of the Benton County Bar Association and has served on the boards of the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Legal Aid of Arkansas and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas. He is past president of the Arkansas Farmhouse Fraternity Association.