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ConocoPhillips fosters relationship with New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University's College of Business Administration and Economics recently received a $20,500 gift from ConocoPhillips.



Left to right: Rebecca Dukes, vice president of advancement at NMSU; Pete Dillaway, department head and professor of accounting and business computer systems at NSMU; and Douglas Schick of ConocoPhillips during a check presentation. (NMSU photo by Darren


The gift will be used for general support in the accounting, finance and marketing departments; scholarships; and support of the Hispanic Business Students Association.

The Houston- and Oklahoma-based company has recruited from NMSU consistently since the 1980s.

"We get a lot of good candidates from NMSU and we've had a lot of success," said Douglas Schick of ConocoPhillips, a 1997 New Mexico State graduate.

"We find that New Mexico State students fit well in our culture," said Diane Mitchell, also of ConocoPhillips. "ConocoPhillips is a community, and we feel NMSU students appreciate that feeling as well."

Pete Dillaway, department head and professor of accounting and business computer systems, said the gift allows the college to do something extra for student scholarships and faculty development.

"We really appreciate ConocoPhillips coming here to recruit because they offer outstanding job opportunities," Dillaway said. "They also offer internship opportunities to a number of our students. The experience they receive is very valuable, and when they return they are better students because they understand the topics we cover."

ConocoPhillips, an international, integrated energy company, was founded in 2002 following the merger of Conoco Inc. and Phillips Petroleum Co.

The NMSU College of Business Administration and Economics is the largest college of business in the state with nearly 70 faculty and more than 2,200 students