ASC Endowment honors Doug Shriver & Ray Wright

(02-10-2011)

Last March, the San Luis Valley agricultural community lost two influential members in a tragic accident. Longtime SLV farmers Doug Shriver and Ray Wright were both avid outdoorsmen and strong advocates for natural resource conservation, particularly of water and the land. Both were wonderful friends, farmers, and human beings.

Friends and colleagues of the two men thought it fitting to establish an endowment in their memory to carry on the work to which they devoted their lives. The Shriver/Wright Agricultural Endowment will contribute to the viability of farming and ranching in the region by supporting the agribusiness program at Adams State College. The endowment will encourage students by providing scholarships. It may also be used for program and faculty development.

ASC Agribusiness supports regional agriculture

Under the direction of Dr. Zena Buser, the ASC School of Business' agri-business program advances the practice of agriculture in the San Luis Valley and the Rocky Mountain region. It prepares students for careers in business positions related to agriculture, food production, agribusiness, and rural-associated sectors of the economy. The Agribusiness degree is also available in online format through ASC Extended Studies.

Tim Walters, Adams State alumnus and chair of the Adams State Board of Trustees, said: "I have always believed that agriculture is the lifeblood of the San Luis Valley, with Adams State College providing the soul. Both are intertwined and inseparable, with the success of the Valley at heart. The Shriver/Wright Agricultural Endowment will bring both of these entities together in a manner which pays tribute to these two men and forever benefits the Valley and Adams State College. This endowment will give our agricultural business program a sustaining economic base to aid both students and faculty."

Doug Shriver

Doug Shriver

Shriver was extremely active in agriculture and conservation issues, as well as other areas of his community. He dedicated many years to the success of the Ski-Hi Stampede and was named the Monte Vista Chamber Man of the Year in 2008. His involvement included, but was not limited, to:

  • Vice Chair, Rio Grande Basin Roundtable
  • Director and president of the Rio Grande Water Users Association, RGWUA representative to the Colorado Water Congress
  • Director, Lariat Ditch Company
  • Volunteer director of the Centennial Ditch Company
  • Member of Citizens for Colorado's Water, vice president of Issues Committee
  • Board member, Colorado Groundwater Commission
Ray Wright

Ray Wright

Wright began his farming career after graduating from Colorado State University, carrying on a family tradition. Farming was his livelihood, but his true passion was protecting our scarce water resources. Ray developed a locally controlled mechanism to protect our water rights that is now used by water management sub-districts in the SLV. He knew that water was a precious resource and we would have to find a way of protecting it for the future.

Wright is remembered for his dedication to his family and the pursuit of knowledge. He served as the president of the Colorado Water Conservation Board and held local water conservation positions for many years.

To make a contribution to the Shriver/Wright Agricultural Endowment, please contact Tammy Lopez, Executive Director of the Adams State College Foundation: 719-587-7122.

By Julie Waechter