LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State University Foundation selected its 2013 slate of officers and elected new board members at its fall meeting Oct. 25.

The NMSU Foundation is a separately incorporated, nonprofit organization existing solely for the benefit of New Mexico State University. The purpose of the Foundation is to secure, manage, and invest private gifts for the benefit of NMSU's teaching, research, extension education and public service programs.

Jo Raabe-Asprey will serve as chair of the board; John Cordova, vice-chair; MaryLou Davis, secretary; Lee Ellen Banks, treasurer; and Mike Johnson, past chair.

Raabe-Asprey was owner and president of Adventure Aviation in Las Cruces. She and her late husband, Robert Asprey, were recipients of an honorary doctorate in 2002 and have been long-time supporters of NMSU.

Cordova is director of marketing for the Coca Cola Company in Atlanta, Ga. He has a bachelor's and master's in business from NMSU.

Davis is a retired educator who lives in Scottsdale, Ariz. She has a bachelor's in education from NMSU.

Banks is the finance controller for Varay Systems in El Paso, Texas. She has a bachelor's in accounting from NMSU.

Johnson retired from ConocoPhillips Co. in 2002 and currently serves on several corporate boards of directors. He has a bachelor's degree in geological sciences from NMSU and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2006.


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The board elected Gregory Green, Maria Elena Jurado, Kyle Louvar and John Randolph "Randy" Pugh as new members for a three-year term.

Green earned a bachelor's in finance from NMSU in 2001. He is the co-owner and CEO of GL Green and Associates, a Las Cruces construction and land-development company.

Jurado earned a bachelor's degree in elementary and bilingual education from NMSU in 1977. She is a retired teacher and serves as a member of the Aggies for Kids group that supports Myrna's Children's Village at NMSU.

Louvar earned a bachelor's in marketing from NMSU in 1998. He is a financial adviser for Merrill Lynch in Houston.

Pugh earned a bachelor's in secondary education in 1969 from NMSU. Prior to his recent retirement, he was CEO of Alaska USA Insurance Brokers in Anchorage, Alaska.

Those re-elected to the board for an additional three-year term are Raabe-Asprey, Herman Baca, Brian Charlton, Terry Johnson, Larry Lujan, Tom Mobley, John Papen III, Brenda Porter, Lonnie Terry and Sandy Zane. Cordova was elected to a two-year term.

The board also honored Michael P. "Mickey" Clute, R. Scott Smith, Melvin "Don" Kidd and Joyce Whitfield Jaynes as emeriti board members for their dedication and service to NMSU and the NMSU Foundation.

Clute is a 1969 graduate of NMSU with a bachelor's in business. His service to NMSU is extensive, including serving as a member of the NMSU Foundation Board from 1979 to 2008. He is a past chairman of the Foundation Board, past president and founding member of the NMSU President's Associates Board, past chairman and founding member of the NMSU Foundation Investment Committee, and past president of the Aggie Scholarship Association Board.

Smith is a 1964 graduate of NMSU with a bachelor's in business education. He served on the NMSU Foundation Board from 1994 to 2011. He is past chairman of the NMSU Foundation Board, past president of the NMSU President's Associates Board, and served on the NMSU College of Business Advisory Council from 2006-2009. During his service on the NMSU Foundation Board, Smith served on the Governance, Audit, Entrepreneurial and Investment Committees. Smith chaired the Investment Committee in 2008.

Kidd's service to NMSU includes serving as a Regent from 1985 to 1991 and on the NMSU Foundation Board from 1994 to 1995. He is a member of the NMSU Pioneers and President's Associates. He has been a supporter of the NMSU Art Gallery and KRWG-TV and supports several NMSU scholarships. Kidd was awarded an Honorary Degree from NMSU in 2006.

Jaynes earned a bachelor's in education from NMSU in 1945 when the school was called the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. She served on the NMSU Foundation Board from 1999 to 2002 and has served on the NMSU Business Council. Jaynes and her daughters have established an annual endowed scholarship in the NMSU College of Business in memory of her husband, Ed Whitfield.

Continuing on the board are Banks, Johnson, Davis and Dino Camunez, Del Esparza, John Long, Bobby Rankin, Ben Salopek, Charles Tharp, Jose Uranga, Scott Williams, Smoky Torgerson, Tana Lucy, Sandra Ricci, Nick Franklin, Bill Sheriff, Nancy Archuleta, Jack Cooper, Patricia Lopez, Reynie Ortiz, Dan Socolofsky, Maya Theus, Danny Villanueva, Browning Yelvington, Jackie Edwards, Phillip Cook, Bradley Gordon, Dion Messer, and Larry Allen.

Julie M. Hughes writes for NMSU Communications and can be reached at 575-646-1953.