October 23, 2012 by Dana Beasley, NMSU News Center
This week the certified public accounting firm of Beasley, Mitchell & Co. will present the first of five $5,000 checks to the College of Business in an effort to assist in the establishment of New Mexico State University’s first endowed chair in accounting. The event will take place a 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25.
“The Lionel Haight Chair in Accounting will play a major role in the department’s ability to provide faculty resources that will allow us to be competitive in hiring and retaining high-quality faculty in the future,” said Garrey Carruthers, dean of NMSU’s College of Business and vice president for economic development.
Beasley, Mitchell & Co. will make the presentation in honor of their 25th anniversary of business and serving Las Cruces. The firm will make $5,000 gifts for the next five years, for a final total of $25,000. That total will go toward the $1 million goal to create the endowed chair.
“Beasley, Mitchell and Company is proud to contribute to the endowed chair in accounting. The NMSU accounting department plays an integral part in our firm’s success. Many of our current staff are NMSU graduates,” said Don Beasley, founding partner of Beasley, Mitchell & Co.
Beasley, an NMSU distinguished alum and the 2012 recipient of the James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service for his continued contributions to the university, is a 1972 graduate of NMSU’s College of Business with a degree in accounting. He has worked in the accounting field for more than 40 years.
Beasley, Mitchell & Co. provides many opportunities for current NMSU accounting students. In addition to hiring many NMSU graduates, the firm has a formal internship program offering paid internships to as many as 10 to 15 students per year.
“Beasley, Mitchell & Co. is one of the strongest supporters of the department and our students, and perhaps the firm’s leadership in contributing to the endowed chair will encourage other firms to contribute as well,” said Kevin Melendrez, department head of accounting and information systems for NMSU.
The effort to create a fully endowed chair began in 2011 with the establishment of the Lionel Haight Professorship, created by NMSU supporters and alumni, Mike and Judy Gray Johnson, in 2010, in honor of the legendary accounting professor who dedicated 45 years of service to NMSU.
This professorship began with a $250,000 donation by the Johnsons and a later $100,000 gift to provide matching funds for additional contributions made by alumni and members of the business community in support of establishing the endowed chair.
“We are grateful for the support that Mike and Judy Johnson have provided to establish this endowed chair in accounting. Beasley, Mitchell & Co.’s $25,000 contribution is another huge step toward reaching the goal of fully funding the Lionel Haight Chair in Accounting,” Melendrez said.