Hugh Barham (’42)
Barham entered NMSU—when it was the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts—in 1937 while serving in the Civilian Conservation Corps, a federal program that put hundreds of young men to work during the Great Depression.
After graduating in 1942, he attended U.S. Army Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga., then served in the World War II Aleutian campaign and, later, in Europe, Korea and Vietnam, retiring as a major in 1966. Along with several other business endeavors, Barham and his brother, Dave, started a fast service restaurant chain called “Hot Dog On A Stick,” which has since grown to 150 units worldwide.
Barham’s service to NMSU includes membership in the Hiram Hadley Society, the Mil Gracias Society, the Friends of the Museum and the President’s Associates. He was recognized in 1988 as one of NMSU’s Centennial Outstanding Alumni. He also has established three endowed scholarships for NMSU business students.
Kevin Johnson (’81)
Kevin Johnson is Vice President of U.S. Sales and Services for the Microsoft Corporation. He is a 1981 graduate of the NMSU College of Business.
Johnson began his career as a systems engineer with IBM. He has held various positions at Microsoft since 1992, including vice president of the corporation’s global product support services organization where he was responsible for the company’s overall strategy and operational delivery capability.
In his current position, he is responsible for Microsoft’s commercial business in the United States. His key focus areas include increasing customer satisfaction and loyalty, developing a world-class sales and services organization, and increasing revenue and profit.
He leads a team that is responsible for approximately $5.8 billion in annual revenue for Microsoft.
Mickey Clute (’69)
Mickey Clute is a native of Las Cruces, a graduate of Las Cruces High School, and a 1969 graduate of NMSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Following graduation he served in the U.S. Army, earning a Bronze Star for his service in Viet Nam. After returning to Las Cruces, he became a golf professional and assistant golf coach at NMSU.
Clute began work as a general contractor in 1973 and is currently president of the Gencon Corporation, a general construction company. He serves on the Board of Directors of First National Bank and is a member of the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance.
His service to NMSU is extensive. He is a past Chairman of the NMSU Foundation Board, past president and founding member of the NMSU President’s Associates board, past chairman and founding member of the NMSU Foundation Investment Committee, and past president of the Aggie Scholarship Association board.
Clute is the recipient of the NMSU Branding Iron Award and the President’s Service Award. He was also the college’s Distinguished Alum in 1986, and one of the college’s Outstanding Centennial Alumni in 1988.
Lt. Gen. Robert Chelberg
Lt. Gen. Robert Chelberg is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and later earned an MBA degree at NMSU.
During a 32-year military career, he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility. His assignments included two tours in Viet Nam. He also served as a special projects officer for the Army Chief of Staff and as a deputy in the office of the Secretary of Defense.
He also served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. European Command, which is the headquarters in Europe for all U.S. military plans and operations for Europe and Africa.
After retiring from the military, he assumed the duties of Deputy Director of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, a school developed in conjunction with the German government to teach students from the former Warsaw Pact nations about democratic principles and the need for civilian control of the military.
Chelberg’s military decorations include the highest award presented in peacetime, the Distinguished Service Medal, as well as the Legion of Merit, Five Bronze Stars, two Meritorious Service Medals, and ten Air Medals.