1916-1963; 1964-1967, Dean Guthrie


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1916

A 2-year program in Business Administration is offered by NMSU under the Department of Business Education in the College of Arts and Sciences. The program concentrated on secretarial training courses including typing, stenography, commercial arithmetic and business English.

1920

The Department of Commerce was created in 1920 and headed by Professor Siebert S. Hookland.

1922

A 4-year degree program in business administration went into effect through NMSU’s Department of Commerce.

1923

Professor Harry D. Comer becomes Department Head, Commerce.

1924

Professor J.W.C. Harper is named Department Head, Commerce.

1926

The first class of five students graduates with degrees in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Throughout the early years, as the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (changed in 1960 by state constitutional amendment to New Mexico State University) was growing and expanding, classes were often shuffled from building to building. In 1926, business classes were held in old World War I barracks, but were soon moved to the top floor of the old Hadley Hall building. Business classes were again moved back to the barracks during World War II.

1927

Lionel D. Haight arrives from Oregon University to join the faculty in September 1927. Forty-two students are registered in the department during the 1927-28 year.

Gwynne Leland Guthrie

Gwynne Leland Guthrie

1928

Gwynne L. Guthrie becomes Department Head, Commerce.

Dean Guthrie’s Reminiscences on the Development of CBAEThe writer, fresh out of the Kansas University graduate school, arrived on campus in September, 1925 under a contract to serve one year as an assistant professor of commerce at a salary of $2,000 for nine months. Having been directed to the office of the Registrar, he barely avoided registration as a freshman, but was finally directed by Miss Rentfrow to the ‘Commerce Building’ which turned out to be a World War I clapboard barracks perched on concrete pilings on a site now occupied by Foster Hall.

1929

The Commerce Department assumes responsibility for teaching all economics courses, formerly taught in the Department of History and Social Science.

1930

Frederick A. Coffey joins the faculty. [Editor’s note: We are unsure of this date. If you know the correct year, please contact us at website1@business.nmsu.edu.]

1936

Ralph Edgel joins the faculty (1936-1942).

1939

Secretarial courses again appear in the curriculum, taught by Elizabeth Lanham.

1942

World War II reduces the enrollment in the department to 101 and makes necessary a reduction of staff.

Main Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico, circa 1940s. Historic postcard: NMSU Library Archives/Special Collections Dept

Main Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico, circa 1940s. Historic postcard: NMSU Library Archives/Special Collections Dept

1943

Laura Van Smith (née Snow) joins the staff and directs the Secretarial Administration program.

World War II reduces the enrollment at NMSU.

The all-time enrollment low in Business Administration occurs in 1943 when only 12 students are listed as majors in the Department.

1947

William Azel Alford, from Kansas, joins the faculty.

Soon after World War II ends, surplus barracks from all parts of New Mexico and the El Paso, Texas, area appear on NMSU’s campus. Two of these barracks from the Deming Air Force Base are assigned to the Department of Business and are occupied in 1947.

1948

C. Maxwell Dieffenbach from Cincinnati, OH, joins the faculty (1948-1950).

1950

The classes remain in the barracks until 1950 when the Department of Business Administration and Economics is moved into the basement of the new Hadley Hall. However, the expansion of the Business Office made it necessary to move Business Administration and Economics back into the World War II barracks.

1954

Dr. Paul W. Zickefoose from Kansas University joins the faculty.

After the new administration building (later named Hadley Hall) is completed in 1953, the Department of Commerce moves into the basement during the summer of 1954.

1955

Dr. Frederick Downs from Wisconsin University joins the faculty.

1962

The Department of Commerce has outgrown its basement facilities and moves during the first week of fall semester classes, this time into surplus buildings from Fort Bliss, TX, which were placed near Young Hall. The accounting and secretarial labs remain in Hadley Hall.


Gwynne L Guthrie and Mary

Gwynne L Guthrie and Mary

1964

Created by action of the Board of Regents on September 10, 1963, the College of Business Administration and Economics (CBAE) becomes a reality.

The CBAE is the fifth college of NMSU. The name of the college was selected in recognition of the close relationship between effective business policy and sound economic theory.

In September, 1964, the college registers its first students (600).

Gwynne Leland Guthrie becomes the college’s first dean.

Undergraduate Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in
    • Accounting
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • General Business
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Secretarial Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Two-Year Certificates:

  • Secretarial
  • Data Processing and Computer Technology

Dean
Gwynne Leland Guthrie, 1964-1967
Accounting, Dept Head: Professor Lionel D. Haight
Associate Professors: William Azel Alford
Assistant Professors: Robert V. Calvert
Economics, Dept Head: Paul Zickefoose
Associate Professors: Fred Downs, James Nordyke
Assistant Professors: Robert W. Beckstead
General Business Administration, Dept Head: Gwynne Leland Guthrie
Associate Professors: William Azel Alford, Fred Downs, Laura Smith
Assistant Professors: Ralph E. Yoder

(Source: NMSU Undergraduate Catalog 1965-66)


1965

Undergraduate Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in
    • Accounting
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • General Business
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Secretarial Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Two-Year Certificates:

  • Secretarial
  • Data Processing and Computer Technology

Dean
Gwynne Leland Guthrie, 1964-1967
Accounting, Dept Head: Professor Lionel D. Haight
Associate Professors: William Azel Alford
Assistant Professors: Robert V. Calvert, Sandy Beal
Economics, Dept Head: Paul W. Zickefoose
Professors: Sven Hermansen
Associate Professors: Fred Downs, James Nordyke
Assistant Professors: Robert W. Beckstead

Correspondence, Telegram, Contract for Faculty Hiring: 1965

1965 Telegram Offering Faculty Position May 26 1965-web

General Business Administration, Dept Head: Gwynne Leland Guthrie
Professors: C.W. Dieffenbach
Associate Professors: William Azel Alford, Fred Downs, Gibson, Laura Smith
Assistant Professors: John Loveland

(Source: NMSU Undergraduate Catalog 1966-67)


1966

Undergraduate Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in
    • Accounting
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • General Business
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Secretarial Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Two-Year Certificates:

  • Secretarial
  • Data Processing and Computer Technology

Dean
Gwynne Leland Guthrie, 1964-1967
Accounting, Dept Head: Professor Lionel D. Haight
Associate Professors: William Azel Alford and Davis
Assistant Professors: Sandy Beal
Economics, Dept Head: Paul W. Zickefoose
Professors: Fred Downs, Sven Hermansen
Associate Professors: James Nordyke
Assistant Professors: Jay Becklin, Robert W. Beckstead
General Business Administration, Dept Head: Gwynne Leland Guthrie
Professors: C.W. Dieffenbach, Fred Downs, Glen Mitchell
Associate Professors: William Azel Alford, Gibson, Laura Smith
Assistant Professors: Eleanor Heins, John Loveland

(Source: NMSU Undergraduate Catalog 1967-68)


1967

Undergraduate Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in
    • Accounting
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • General Business
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Secretarial Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Two-Year Certificates:

  • Secretarial
  • Data Processing and Computer Technology

Dean
Gwynne Leland Guthrie, 1964-1967
Accounting, Dept Head: Professor Lionel D. Haight
Associate Professors: William Azel Alford and Davis
Assistant Professors: Sandy Beal
Economics, Dept Head: Paul W. Zickefoose
Professors: Sven Hermansen, Glen Mitchell
Associate Professors: Robert W. Beckstead, James Nordyke
Assistant Professors: Jay Becklin
General Business Administration, Dept Head: Frederick T. Downs
Professors: C.W. Dieffenbach, Gwynne L. Guthrie, Glen Mitchell
Associate Professors: William Azel Alford, Laura Smith
Assistant Professors: Eleanor Heins, John Loveland

(Source: NMSU Undergraduate Catalog 1968-1969)