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NMSU president to be inaugurated, distinguished alumnus to receive honorary doctorate at December commencement

New Mexico State University's new president will be inaugurated and a distinguished alumnus will be honored during NMSU's fall commencement program.

Jay Gogue(left) will be formally installed as NMSU's 20th president at the university's Dec. 16 commencement.NMSU alumnus Robert Davis (right) will receive an honorary doctorate at the university's Dec. 16 commencement.

The program begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, in the Pan American Center on the NMSU campus. About 750 graduating students are expected to participate in the ceremony.

Jay Gogue, who became NMSU's 20th president July 1, will be installed formally by Adelmo "Del" Archuleta, president of the NMSU Board of Regents. Following brief remarks by President Gogue, Robert W. Davis of El Cerrito, Calif., retired president of Chevron Chemical Co., will be awarded an honorary doctorate.

Davis is being honored for his professional and civic contributions and for his long-standing support of education. A 1949 graduate of NMSU, he serves on the NMSU Foundation Board of Directors and is a member of NMSU's Chemical Engineering Academy.

Davis served in the U.S. Army's 99th Infantry Division during World War II, first as a rifleman and then as an infantry squad leader. He was wounded and taken captive by the German army on Dec. 16, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge.

In 1947 Davis returned to NMSU, where he had previously studied chemical engineering in the Army Specialized Training Program before being sent overseas. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, with honors, in 1949 and in 1950 received a master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He began his career as a researcher with Stanolind Oil and Gas Co. in Tulsa, Okla., and later joined the California Research Corp., a subsidiary of Standard Oil Co. of California, doing research primarily in refining technologies. Working in refinery operations for more than 25 years, Davis was manager of three of Standard's refineries and a supervisor in a fourth.

Davis spent the last eight years of his career as president and chief executive officer of the Chevron Chemical Co., headquartered in San Francisco. After retiring from Chevron in 1989, he began a part-time consulting career.

In his home community, he has served as chairman of the Bay Area American Red Cross; as president of the Richmond Economic Development Commission, the Better Richmond Corporation and the Richmond Community Hospital Board; as a director of the Richmond Art Center, the Richmond Boys Club and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce; and as chairman of the University of California-Davis Institute of Governmental Affairs Advisory Board and the University of California-Berkeley Science Education for Public Understanding Advisory Board.

Gogue was provost at Utah State University for five years before accepting the presidency at NMSU. He previously was vice president for research at Clemson University in South Carolina from 1988 to 1995. He joined the Clemson faculty in 1986.

Gogue began his professional career in 1973 as a research scientist with the National Park Service. From 1977 to 1986, he was chief scientist for the Park Service, leading scientific programs involving professionals from the biological, physical and behavioral sciences. From 1979 to 1986, he also served as chief of the Park Service's Division of Interpretation, Park Protection and Natural Resource Management, responsible for educational centers, law enforcement activities and natural resource management at 50 national parks.

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Jay Gogue (at left above) will be formally installed as NMSU's 20th president at the university's Dec. 16 commencement.

NMSU alumnus Robert Davis (at right above) will receive an honorary doctorate at the university's Dec. 16 commencement.

Karl Hill
Dec. 6, 2000