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NMSU to honor memory of first Black Programs director

During his lifetime, Andrew Wall made significant contributions to New Mexico State University and the community, powerfully impacting the lives of many New Mexicans as a community activist and leader.


Andrew Wall was the first director of New Mexico State University Black Programs. A banquet will be held Oct. 8 to raise funds to support an endowed scholarship
Andrew Wall was the first director of New Mexico State University Black Programs. A banquet will be held Oct. 8 to raise funds to support an endowed scholarship in his name. (Courtesy photo)

To honor the memory of Wall, NMSU is hosting the first Dr. Andrew Wall Scholarship Banquet, from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. Net proceeds from the banquet will go toward an endowed scholarship in Wall's name.

"Dr. Wall was a beloved leader who successfully initiated activities that brought all New Mexicans together," said Christina Chavez Kelly, assistant vice president for Student Diversity and Outreach. "He was committed to changing lives and promoting the process of equality for our students, faculty and staff. He was the 'educator's educator,' responsible for creating initiatives to help youth and college students across our state and country."

Upon completing his doctorate at NMSU in 1970, Wall became the first director of Black Programs. He also served as president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), served on city commissions, was vice chair on the State of New Mexico Corrections Commission and held numerous other positions throughout the state. Wall passed away in December 2010.

"We are elated to establish the Dr. Andrew Wall Endowed Scholarship Fund in University Advancement to honor Andrew's legacy," said Festus Addo-Yobo, current director of Black Programs. "I had the privilege to work with Dr. Wall from October 2005 to December 2010. During my tenure at NMSU, I continuously encounter many alumni and community leaders who were impacted positively by Dr. Wall. We hope that our faculty, staff, students, alumni and elected officials will join us on Oct. 8 to honor Dr. Wall."

The event is being sponsored by NMSU Black Programs, Majority Whip Representative Sheryl Williams Stapleton, the New Mexico Black Political Action Committee, the Wall family and the NMSU African-American Alumni Association.

The banquet will be held in the Corbett Center Ballrooms. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. and the dinner starts at 7 p.m. A dance will follow the dinner.

Tickets for the event must be purchased by Oct. 3. They will not be sold at the door. Tickets are $35 for the public and $10 for students and can be purchased from NMSU Black Programs in Garcia Annex, Room 135. Cash or checks are accepted.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 575-646-4208.