ASU alumnus gives back

JONESBORO, AR - The Arkansas State University Athletic Department announced Friday with a 3:00 p.m. press conference and reception at the ASU Football Facility that ASU alumnus and football letterman Steve Bryant has made a $150,000 donation to Red Wolves Athletics.

In conjunction with the donation, ASU will provide naming rights to the head football coach's suite in honor of the Steve Bryant family.  The Steve Bryant Family Head Football Coach's Suite will be enhanced with a detailed archway, artwork and photos of all the head football coaches in ASU history.

Bryant's donation becomes the fourth gift of over $100,000 given to ASU Athletics over the last 13 months.

"Sharon and I are very pleased and excited about the opportunity to provide this donation to ASU Athletics," said Bryant.  "We hope this donation will help ASU continue its facility improvements and aid in the recruiting of student-athletes to this terrific university."

"Obviously this is a tremendous gift for our athletic program and comes from two fine individuals and outstanding supporters," said ASU Director of Athletics Dr. Dean Lee.  "Steve and Sharon have been solid and true advocates for our program and this institution for many years.  Their gift is just another example of how they've impacted our program in such a strong manner and helps to solidify the role they've taken on as true ambassadors for ASU Athletics."

Bryant is a 1973 Arkansas State University graduate, where he earned his degree in business with a minor in pre-pharmacy.  He lettered as a defensive end at Arkansas State under head coaches Bennie Ellender in 1970 and Bill Davidson in 1971 and 1972.  Bryant was part of the 1970 ASU football team that went undefeated with an 11-0 record, including a 38-21 victory over Central Missouri in the Pecan Bowl.

He graduated pharmacy school in 1975 and has enjoyed a highly successful career as a pharmacist for over 32 years.  He currently serves on the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy as appointed by Governor Mike Beebe. Among Bryant's many honors, he was selected as the Pharmacist of the Year for the state of Arkansas in 2007.

Bryant currently owns and operates a retail pharmacy in Batesville, where he also has a nursing agency and home hospice service.  Additionally, he has a second pharmacy in Batesville and pharmacies in Newport, Alma and Mountain View.

Bryant is a 1969 graduate of Alma High School, where he was a two-time all-state selection and was chosen as an all-star as a senior while playing on both sides of the ball.

Bryant and his wife, Sharon, have been married for 36 years.  She is a 1969 Benton High School graduate and earned her degree in mathematics with a minor in english.  They have two daughters, Monica Bryant of Tulsa, Okla. and Mallory Barton of Portales, NM.  Mallory is married to Air Force captain Justin Barton.