February 1, 2016, by Anthony Casaus, Development Officer, via email
Dolores Connor has had a long and varied career in the Mesilla Valley with family roots that span two hundred years. Her grandparents came over the Organ Mountains in a covered wagon and farmed in the Mesilla Valley. Her family’s work ethic and determination was instilled in her at a young age.
By the time she was in the sixth grade she was delivering more than three hundred newspapers after school for the Las Cruces Sun-News. After graduation from Mayfield High School she began her public service work as a teacher’s aide working with the children of migrant farm workers who picked crops.
After a few years in the public schools, she became a bank teller for Mutual Building and Loan and worked her way through the ranks over the next eighteen years to managing four branches and twenty-one staff as Vice President of Operations. Her business experience from the Mutual Building and Loan gave her the fortitude to own her own business, C. Taylor & Company in the Arroyo Plaza with a partner from the building and loan business for eleven years. The business was a kitchen gadget store with coffee beans that did very well due to her business experience and a partner whose skills complemented hers. Connor explained it’s imperative to have a partner in business that has a different skill set than your own in order to be successful.
Connor’s destiny was public office, as her roots in public service enticed her to run successfully for Las Cruces City Council in 2003. She was elected Mayor Pro Tem from 2005-2007. During that time she created a mentoring program for Las Cruces high school students called “Today’s kids, tomorrow’s future.” Connor explained that her elected representation on the council was to help insure public safety, economic development, fiscal responsibility and quality of life in the Mesilla Valley.
Connor unsuccessfully ran for mayor in the City of Las Cruces in 2011; however she continues to serve the public on various community boards. Among the various awards and honors she has received, Connor was named Las Cruces Greater Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the year in 2007. In 2014 Connor received the Honorary Associate of Business Management Graduate from Doña Ana Community College. In 2015 she established the Dolores and William Connor Success Current Use Scholarship. This scholarship is for transfer students from DACC-Business to NMSU-College of Business and is for business students in their last semester at DACC and first semester at NMSU.