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NMSU's College of Education to hold reception for Kidd Literacy Chair

The New Mexico State University College of Education will host a reception to honor Don and Sarrah Kidd of Carlsbad, who established the Don and Sarrah Kidd Endowed Chair in Literacy.

Don and Sarrah Kidd of Carlsbad. (Courtesy Photo)

The chair was established in 2008 with a gift from the Kidds to attract and reward high quality teaching, research, service and outreach to New Mexico's public schools by a faculty member in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The reception will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in the O'Donnell Hall Atrium.

Kidd is president and chief executive officer of Western Commerce Bank in Carlsbad, N.M.; chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Western Bank in Alamogordo, N.M.; and president and chief executive officer of Western Bank in Clovis, N.M. Even before the establishment of the chair, he has been a tireless advocate for higher education in New Mexico.

Kidd served three terms in the New Mexico Senate representing District 34 in Eddy, Lea and Otero counties. He was co-author of New Mexico's predatory lending law and has testified in state legislatures on mortgage lending abuses. He has said serving as co-sponsor of the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship is one of his most memorable accomplishments during his tenure in the Legislature. He also served as a member of the NMSU Board of Regents from 1985 to 1991.

In August, Anita Hernandez, a long-time educator who has focused her higher education career in literacy, was selected as the Don and Sarrah Kidd Endowed Chair in Literacy.

"The Kidds really are visionaries," Hernandez said. "Through their generosity we can do so much to promote literacy in New Mexico."

Hernandez, who joins the NMSU College of Education faculty from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she was an associate professor of literacy in the Department of Teacher Education, has a bachelor's in liberal studies with a bilingual cross-cultural emphasis from California State University, Chico, a master's in reading education from California State University, Sacramento and a doctorate in literacy education from Stanford University. She has co-authored two books on literacy and one on English language learners. She also has been published in many peer-reviewed journals, including Reading Teacher and English Journal. She was the principal investigator for a $1.5 million federal grant to provide professional development to teachers of English language learners.