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NMSU College of Business to celebrate first endowed chair in accounting



WHAT: Reception celebrating the Lionel Haight Endowed Chair in Accounting

WHO: Donors Judy and Mike Johnson, President Garrey Carruthers, other campus leaders

WHEN: 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19

WHERE: Pete V. Domenici Hall atrium, Las Cruces campus

VISUALS: Remarks by president and leadership; reception with donors

A professorship fund in honor of Lionel Haight, a former New Mexico State University professor and head of the Department of Accounting in the College of Business, has reached its goal of $1 million and will become the college?s first endowed chair in accounting. The Lionel Haight Accounting Professorship was established in 2010 with a $250,000 contribution from one of Haight?s former students, Judy Gray Johnson, and her husband, Michael. Judy Johnson attended NMSU from 1969 to 1972, majoring in accounting, and found Haight to be a demanding but supportive teacher who had a significant impact on students.

Johnson pledged an additional $100,000 in the fall of 2011 to match contributions to the accounting professorship. The first $100,000 matching goal was quickly met, prompting a second $100,000 pledge from Johnson, and the fundraising campaign has now reached more than $1 million, thanks to contributions from CPA firms around New Mexico, including Beasley, Mitchell & Co., REDW, Moss Adams and KPMG, as well as NMSU accounting alumni and others supporters of the program.