ASU's new first lady: Patti May

Patti May returns to ASU after husband is announced President.

By Allison Price
On November 16, 2012

  • Brian and Patti May got married in Sterling City and after their time at ASU, they moved on to College Station where Brian received his PhD. Courtesy Photo
  • From left, Brian Holik, Mackenzie Holik, Morgan Christo, and Lenny Christo celebrated Fourth of July. Courtesy Photo
  • From left, Brian Holik, Mackenzie Holik, Morgan Christo, and Lenny Christo celebrated Fourth of July. Courtesy Photo

    As Dr. Brian May transitions into his new role as president of ASU, new first lady Patti May is excited to, again, be a part of the ASU family.

    "I am very proud of [Brian]," May said.  "This is exciting and a little overwhelming. ASU has been blessed with great leadership. Dr. Rallo and Barbara have done a great job and we will follow in their footsteps."
    In 1979, Patti Bynum from Sterling City, decided to take a couple of summer classes at ASU where she met Brian May.

    "I spent my first two years at Texas Tech," May said. "I came to ASU to take summer classes, and Brian was taking summer classes, as well. Between classes we had a break at the same time and we both went to the UC. He would sit at one table, and I would sit at another.
I noticed him, and I know he noticed me. One day Brian was working on college algebra, and he asked me [for help]. Instead, we started talking. After he left, I saw him outside and he did a little victory dance because he had talked to me."

    He later talked May into transferring to ASU. The pair met in June of 1979, got engaged that Christmas, and married in August 1981. She graduated from ASU in 1981 with an accounting degree and now works for the San Angelo Area Foundation, May said.

     "I work about 30 hours a week," May said. "I manage different funds, and one big part of the company is we issue out scholarships. We are supporting the youth and their endeavors. During the day I am working, running errands and helping my daughters with what they need."

    May reminisces about the fun times she shared with her future husband during their years together at ASU.

    "I would go to Block and Bridle functions with Brian, and we would also attend the football games," May said. "There were much larger crowds back then and we hope to get more people to the games."

    Both Mays' siblings attended ASU along with their two daughters.

    "My brothers attended ASU, and Brian's brother and sisters attended ASU," May said. "It is a legacy and it's our family heritage. We have a deep love for what the university has done for us. We have a true love for the university. [Those who attend] receive a great, quality education."

    May said she  is  a  country  girl  at  heart  and  always   will be. Whenever she has free time, she enjoys staying home.

    "I like to cook a good meal and have my family over," May said. "I also like to go outside whenever the weather is good."

    As ASU's first lady Patti May says she wants her role to be known as a friend to the university and the student body.

    "The students are the most important," May said. "I want to be an ambassador or mentor of some sort. I love the youth and their potential. I want students to feel like [ASU] is their home, and I am willing to help in any possible way I can."

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