October 15, 2008 by Scott Southward NMSU News Center
Tim Clifford and Rod Ross are true Aggie athletic ambassadors. They are loyal football fans through thick and thin. They attend every game and have held season tickets since graduating from New Mexico State University in the early 1970’s. They are also long-time Aggie Athletics Fund members, faithfully sponsor corporate tables at Aggie fundraisers, sponsor a football locker, volunteer to keep stats at the basketball games, and attend other diverse athletic events such as volleyball.
They do all of this while still running their CPA firms in Las Cruces and El Paso. To honor their dedication and commitment to Aggie athletics, the university naming committee has approved the naming of the Aggie football team meeting complex hall to The Clifford Ross and Cooper CPAs Hall of Legends. Denise Cooper is Tim’s sister, a partner in the CPA firm and an Aggie alumna. The hall is at the north end of Aggie Memorial Stadium and includes an inspirational mural and walls laden with various lists of academic, conference and NFL champions.
“As an Aggie alumnus and a dedicated sports fan, I am honored to have the Hall of Legends named after us,” said Tim Clifford, partner at Clifford, Ross & Cooper, LLC, Certified Public Accountants. “I attribute my success to the education, discipline, and values that were instilled in me while attending NMSU. We are proud to be part of the Aggie family and proud to be able to give back to the university that has given so much to us.”
Clifford and Ross also have created two endowment funds. The two funds include a Clifford Ross and Cooper CPAs Aggie Athletic Fund scholarship and a Clifford Ross and Cooper CPAs Aggie Football Coach’s Excellence fund.
The Aggie Athletic Fund scholarship will be awarded to two students annually, preferably to one male and one female, who must be student-athletes in good standing according to NMSU Athletics guidelines. The Aggie football coach’s excellence award will be used at the discretion of NMSU’s director of athletics and the NMSU football coach.
“Athletics is a critical part of the overall educational and university experience for student-athletes as well as the entire campus community. It is important to provide NMSU’s student-athletes with every possible opportunity to succeed and the greatest opportunities for participation because what they learn as student-athletes will last a lifetime,” said Rod Ross, partner at Clifford, Ross & Cooper, LLC, Certified Public Accountants. “I have been an avid Aggie fan since the 1960’s and my entire family is Aggie fans. This is truly an honor for all of us.”
The official dedication of The Clifford Ross and Cooper CPAs Hall of Legends will be Nov. 8 in conjunction with the NMSU-Hawaii game. The ceremony will include a viewing of the hall for the Aggie Athletics Fund membership and the public at large. This will be the first event held in the new hall.
“In addition to both my children currently attending NMSU, I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees as an Aggie,” said Denise Cooper, partner at Clifford, Ross & Cooper, LLC, Certified Public Accountants. “As avid Aggie fans and supporters, we are so proud of the fact that the Hall of Legends is named after us and our firm.”
College of Business Note:
- Alumni: Tim Clifford 1971 BBA Acct; Rod Ross 1972 BBA Acct; Denise Cooper 1980 BACCT and MBA 1988