NMSU Distinguished Alumni Award 2016 Recipient | Alfred Ernest Porter, Jr.
Al received his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics in 1978, and he has remained dedicated to NMSU ever since.
He regularly conducts guest lectures for NMSU Ag and Business classes through his company, Farm Credit of New Mexico, where he serves as President and CEO. Those lectures, combined with a robust summer internship program, help Farm Credit grow their Aggie employee base...currently, 55 of 98 employees are NMSU graduates.
"It is important to give something back to the University and do my part to help the University and the students grow." said Porter. "Someone was there for me when I went to school and I want to do my part now. Guest lecturing at the University affords our future leaders a perspective of what the working world is all about and informs them of what is available to the graduates of tomorrow."
Al is a supporter of Farm Credit of New Mexico's Educational Assistance Program for employees. The program is designed to provide employees financial support to pursue educational programs that enhance skills in current or future work-related areas.
He served on the former Aggie Scholarship Association Board and helped with fundraising for the athletic department for more than seven years. His philanthropic support to NMSU comes from his personal life as well as through Farm Credit of New Mexico, a company that established a $250,000 endowment to fund scholarships at NMSU. To date, the endowment has provided $76,000 in scholarships to 38 recipients.
His greatest memories of attending NMSU are meeting his wife Cherri (the couple has three children) and being a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. To Al, the University experience brought forth many contacts that he still embraces today, especially once a year when Al meets his fraternity brothers at Homecoming to reminisce and network.
Al is grateful that his father, Alfred Porter, and mother, Marianne Porter, encouraged him to attend NMSU. He went on to encourage his brother and his daughter to attend, allowing the legacy to live on.