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University sets record level of private donations

New Mexico State University set a record in the level of private donations during the 2000-2001 academic year, increasing contributions 56 percent over the previous year, President G. Jay Gogue said.

of $13,304,643 in private gifts was made to the university in the academic year that ended June 30, compared to $8,537,713 during 1999-2000.

"The credit for this remarkable growth must go to our donors who reached out so generously to support the university's academic needs," Gogue said.

Two large gifts in particular helped the university reach double-digit growth in private giving: Herbert and Joan Zuhl's donations for the geology department and the university library, renamed the Zuhl Library; and Stanley Fulton's support for an academic support center for student athletes.

Gogue also credited the hard work of the development staff under the leadership of Joe Creed, who served for two years as interim vice president for university advancement. Creed has returned to his previous position as assistant dean responsible for development in the College of Engineering. He also is the faculty athletics representative to the NCAA and the Sun Belt Conference.

Rebecca Dukes, selected from a national search as the permanent vice president for university advancement, began her new job Wednesday (Aug. 1).

"I'm fortunate to have the opportunity to join New Mexico State and to help build on its successes in recent years," Dukes said.

She comes to the university from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she had been vice president for institutional advancement since September 1999. From 1994-99, she was assistant vice president for development at Utah State University in Logan, and before that she had worked in development for several medical centers in Kansas City, Mo.

She has a bachelor's degree in speech and theater arts from the University of Akron (Ohio). She holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation from the Association of Fund Raising Professionals.