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Emeriti professors, coach honored with Aggie Cornerstone Award

New Mexico State University's College of Education honored Coach James Bradley and Roberto and Anne Gallegos with Aggie Cornerstone Awards during a dinner event June 5, at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

Three men and a woman post for a photo during a dinner event June 5.
College of Education Dean Michael Morehead (left) with Aggie Cornerstone honorees Coach James Bradley and Roberto and Anne Gallegos. The honorees were presented with the Aggie Cornerstone Award during a dinner event June 5. (Courtesy photo)

The College of Education established the Aggie Cornerstone Award in 2012 to celebrate excellence in education and recognize individuals who have made a significant impact on children and families in New Mexico. Proceeds from the dinner will go to College of Education scholarships through the award fund.

"The Aggie Cornerstone Award was established to recognize individuals who have made a lifetime commitment to education and to improving the lives of children and families in New Mexico through education," said NMSU College of Education Dean Michael Morehead. "The three individuals recognized on June 5 have more than 150 years of experience in education. Each recipient, because of their life's work, had a profound impact on the future of New Mexico and the nation. Many of their students have gone on to successful careers and have become leaders in education and in New Mexico communities. We are honored to be able to recognize such accomplished individuals."

Bradley was NMSU's head football coach from 1973-1977, with a record of 23-31-3. Prior to joining NMSU, he served the Las Cruces community as a social studies teacher at both Las Cruces and Mayfield High Schools. While the head coach at Mayfield High, he coached the football team to the first of his many state championships. After leaving NMSU, he continued to teach and became the head football coach at Roswell High School, where he led teams to two state championships. Bradley retired from teaching in 1994, but returned to coach football at Mayfield High School, leading the Trojans to four state championships.

Roberto Gallegos, known throughout the state and nationally for his important contributions to bilingual learning, is still teaching after more than 40 years in the classroom. His grant writing has yielded more than $5 million, enabling about 50 bilingual fellows to earn doctoral degrees and hundreds to earn master's degrees. He currently teaches in the Las Cruces Public Schools.

Anne Gallegos' teaching career has spanned more than 40 years, working at Las Cruces and Mayfield High Schools, TRESCO, the University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Texas at El Paso and NMSU, her alma mater. While at NMSU, she received the Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching, the El Paso Natural Gas Faculty Achievement Award and other notable honors.

Last year's Aggie Cornerstone honorees were state Sen. Cynthia Nava and J. Paul Taylor.