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.

Recipients

  • 2020: Dr. Klaus Wiemer
  • 2019: Dr. Clenton Owensby
  • 2018: Rance Miles
  • 2017: Esteban Herrera
  • 2016: Arthur "Butch" Blazer
  • 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