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NMSU banking center receives additional donation

Bank of America has donated $10,000 to help support the Southwest Banking Center in New Mexico State University's College of Business Administration and Economics. In December 1998 the bank's predecessor, NationsBank, donated $10,000 to help get the program off the ground.



New Mexico State University President William B. Conroy, left, holds a check from Bank of America. The $10,000 donation will help support the Southwest Banking Center in NMSU's business college. Next to Conroy are, from left, Lisa Gleisner, regional execu

Even though the bank has changed owners and changed names over the last few years, "our commitment to NMSU remains strong," said senior Bank of America executive Chuck Widger.

NMSU's Southwest Banking Center was established in fall 1998. The program is designed to prepare students to enter the banking industry upon graduation. It includes a tailored curriculum, as well as internships and community service requirements.

"Since its establishment the program has grown dramatically and we have been pleased with the student interest," said James Cotter, an NMSU finance professor who directs the banking program. "We want to maintain a relatively small, focused program where students receive a lot of interaction with professors and the banking community."

The vast majority of the money given to the program will be used to support students, Cotter added. The rest will be used to defray program costs.

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CUTLINE: New Mexico State University President William B. Conroy, left, holds a check from Bank of America. The $10,000 donation will help support the Southwest Banking Center in NMSU's business college. Next to Conroy are, from left, Lisa Gleisner, regional executive for Bank of America; Chuck Widger, senior banking executive for Bank of America; Danny Arnold, NMSU business college dean; and Joe Creed, NMSU interim vice president for university advancement. (NMSU photo by Michael Kiernan)

Rachel Kendall
April 24, 2000