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GCCC Faculty Member Selected as 2022 Carcass Show Judge for Beef Empire Days

Judd Weil-News Director


Garden City Community College (GCCC) announced on June 6, Dr. Clint Alexander has been selected to evaluate the beef carcasses for the 2022 Beef Empire Days Carcass Show held at Tyson Fresh Meats in Garden City, Kan.

He is currently a Professor of Animal and Food Science at Garden City Community College, where he also serves as the head coach of the meat judging team and the director of the GCCC Meat Lab, Buster Red Meats.

Dr. Alexander also leads one of the largest online food science and safety programs in the U.S. meeting the needs of the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service.

He is originally from Satanta, Kan., where he was exposed to the meat evaluation and processing world at a young age. Dr. Alexander was a member of the 1990 State Champion Meats Team as a freshman in high school. He attended Garden City Community College and was a member of the 1993-94 Meats Team while earning an Associate of Science in Animal Science.

From there he transferred to Texas Tech University (TTU) where he was a member of the 1996 National Champion Meats Team and was voted as the Doug Hardison Award winner as the most outstanding judging team member at Texas Tech that year. He never placed lower than 5th in any contest during his judging career at Texas Tech.

After graduating from TTU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education, he started graduate school and was coach of the 1999 Meats Team at Texas Tech University and won a National Championship.

Upon completion of his Master of Science in Animal Science with an emphasis in Meat Science and Muscle Biology, he was hired at Garden City Community College in August of 2000. He has been the department leader and professor in Animal and Food Science for 22 years as well as the head meats coach.

Dr. Alexander was awarded the Most Outstanding Faculty Member at GCCC in 2006 as well as the NISOD teaching award in 2018. In 2007, he was awarded a sabbatical from GCCC and enrolled at Texas Tech University to attain a doctoral degree. He was named an AT&T Chancellor's Fellow and a member of the Golden Key Honor Society during this phase of his education. He graduated in 2012 with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in Meat Science and Food Safety.

During his tenure at GCCC, Dr. Alexander’s meat judging teams have won six National Championships (2003, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2020) and six Reserve National Championships (2001, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2018 and 2019), the Australian Championship (2014) and he has coached 33 All-American's since the award was created in 2002.

With the opening of the GCCC Meat Lab in 2013, he has helped incorporate more layers of hands-on teaching and judging methodology to the coursework and judging team experiences at GCCC. Dr. Alexander has a wide range of expertise in evaluation of all red-meat carcasses with an estimated count of over 1 million head of beef, pork, lamb, and goat carcasses he has evaluated in his judging and coaching career. He has created several indexes that can be used to evaluate and rank all types of carcasses that determine the best combinations of quality and yield grades within species.

Dr. Alexander is an active member of the American Meat Science Association, including the President of the Intercollegiate Meat Coaches Association Board in 2019 and is a current A-division director on the board. He also holds industry certifications from the International HACCP Alliance (program and lead instructor) and Beef Quality Assurance.

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