April 27, 2000 by Karl Hill NMSU News Center
Edward L. Lujan of Albuquerque will be awarded an honorary doctorate at New Mexico State University’s spring commencement May 13 in recognition of his civic leadership and commitment to economic development in New Mexico.
The commencement ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the Pan American Center. About 1,100 graduating students are expected to participate.
Born in Santa Fe, Lujan is a graduate of NMSU, where he received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture in 1954 and a master’s degree in agricultural education in 1956. He is chairman of the board of Manuel Lujan Agencies, a family insurance and real estate business with offices in Albuquerque, Belen and Taos.
Lujan has promoted economic development as chairman of the New Mexico Economic Development Commission and as a member of the Governor’s Business Advisory Council, the Albuquerque Economic Forum and the board of directors of the Albuquerque Economic Development Corp. He is chairman of the New Mexico Hispanic Cultural Center board, a former chairman of the Hispanic Culture Foundation board, and has served on the New Mexico Governmental Ethics Oversight Committee.
He is a former chairman of the New Mexico State University Business Council, and more recently served on NMSU’s Presidential Search Committee. Earlier this year the New Mexico Business Journal recognized Lujan by naming him one of New Mexico’s 10 most influential leaders.
Admission to the commencement ceremony is free. Doors to the Pan Am Center will open at 12:30 p.m. for audience seating.