NMSU Distinguished Alumni Award

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award honors graduates who have accomplished outstanding achievements in their respective ventures and bring recognition and distinction to our college.

The following criteria and procedures will be used in selecting the awardees.

  • Have attended New Mexico State University as a student in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
  • Be distinguished in his or her profession, business or other worthy endeavors, and have received recognition from contemporaries.
  • Be a person of such integrity, stature, and demonstrated ability that the faculty, students, staff and alumni of the college will take pride in and be inspired by his or her recognition.
  • Have demonstrated an interest in community service through volunteerism, civic involvement and shown leadership abilities in other areas.
  • While not mandatory criteria, contributions to the advancement of NMSU and service to the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will be considered.
  • Persons employed by New Mexico State University or currently serving as a member of the NMSU Board of Regents, or persons active in positions relating to University operations, such as state legislators or government officials, are not eligible.

2016 Recipient

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Al Porter

NMSU Distinguished Alumni Recipient

Alfred Ernest Porter, Jr. received his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics in 1978, and he has remained dedicated to NMSU ever since.

Al 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. Read more...

Past Recipients

  • 2015 Alfred Ernest Porter Jr.
  • 2014 Kevin Cobble
  • 2013 Dr. Calvin "Herb" Ward
  • 2012 Chris Biad
  • 2011 John E. Antonio Sr.
  • 2010 James T. Prichard
  • 2009 J.B. Pruett
  • 2009 William Walter Wallace
  • 2008 Nancy Lewis
  • 2007 John Bradley Houston
  • 2006 Petrita (Patsy) Romo
  • 2005 Jesus Chavez
  • 2004 Linda Laitner
  • 2003 Topper Thorpe
  • 2002 W.H. (Bill) Cantrell
  • 2001 Ralph Dunlap
  • 2000 Carl Faubion
  • 1999 Nazario C' de Baca
  • 1998 Holm Bursum
  • 1997 Alex A. Sanchez
  • 1996 Dina Chacon-Reitzel
  • 1995 Bill Humphries
  • 1994 Thomas N. Mobley, Jr.
  • 1993 Garrey Carruthers
  • 1992 Peter Mocho
  • 1991 John Chappell
  • 1990 Richard Johnson* 1989 Charles Tharp
  • 1988 J. Jacob Tejado
  • 1987 Pablo Roybal
  • 1986 James V. Curtis
  • 1985 Jacqueline W. Camunez
  • 1984 Walter Nations
  • 1983 Keith W. Avery
  • 1982 B. J. (Bob) Porter
  • 1981 James Craig Ogden
  • 1980 Emma Hawk Briscoe
  • 1979 Claude E. Leyendecker
  • 1978 Richard G. Marek
  • 1977 Leslie R. Clayshulte
  • 1976 Tommy William Perez
  • 1975 John L. Augustine, Jr.
  • 1974 Jackson A. Rigney
  • 1973 Rose Marie Valdez Pangborn
  • 1972 George L. McNew
  • 1971 George P. Black
  • 1963 Philip J. Leyendecker
  • 1959 Fabiola C' de Baca
  • 1956 James Poe
  • 1956 Era Rentfrow