NMSU’s Distinguished Alumni Award
Sponsored by the Alumni Association. The Distinguished Alumni award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves and brought honor and distinction to their Alma Mater. Seven awards, one for each undergraduate college and one for an international alumnus, are presented to living alumni. In addition, one or more posthumous awards may be made each year at the discretion of the Selection Committee. Nominees must have attended NMSU and are judged according to their contributions to society, and/or their profession, after attending NMSU. While not mandatory, contributions to the advancement of NMSU and service to the NMSU Alumni Association will be considered. Persons employed by NMSU or currently serving as a member of the NMSU Board of Regents, or persons active in positions relating to University operations, such as state legislators or government officials, are not eligible. Presented during the annual Homecoming festivities.
College of Business Distinguished Alumna
2012: Jackie Kerby Moore (‘82)
Jackie Kerby Moore’s NMSU education, a double major in management and marketing, established the business foundation needed for her extensive involvement with the Sandia Science & Technology Park, the research park affiliated with Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Jackie currently serves as the Executive Director and oversees all aspects of the Park program-management, marketing, and recruiting of tenant companies.
The Sandia Science & Technology Park serves as home for 33 companies and organizations employing almost 2500 people, with total investment in the Park exceeding $350 million.
Under Jackie’s leadership, the park has earned more than six awards from nationally acclaimed organizations in the field of technology. Her own leadership and activity have led organizations to recognize her individual qualities as well. She continues to be recognized as one of New Mexico’s Power Brokers, has been featured on CNBC Television, is a frequent participant on local radio shows, and has delivered talks about her research park throughout the world.
Jackie has not let the fame cloud her memory of or devotion to her alma mater. She serves as an advocate for NMSU and lends her expertise for the advancement of the Arrowhead Research Park at NMSU. She is a strong supporter of Arrowhead’s Entrepreneurship Center, and mentors staff and faculty. She has been an involved alumna by supporting College of Business endeavors and engaging with faculty. Jackie is a proud Aggie and always makes it a point when she is interviewed to mention she owes much of her professional success to the great education she received while earning a double major in the NMSU College of Business.