March 14, 2003 by Jeany Llorente NMSU News Center
New Mexico State University’s College of Business Administration and Economics Hall of Fame will induct two new members during a special ceremony at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Las Cruces Hilton.
The social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The business college initiated the Hall of Fame six years ago to honor outstanding alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers and to develop a stronger relationship between the college and the business community.
This year’s inductees are James Wetherbe of Albuquerque and C. Leroy Crow of Phoenix, Ariz.
“Our Hall of Fame is designed to honor NMSU business graduates who have had long and distinguished careers in business. These two individuals, like all of our inductees, exemplify the success that we would like all of our graduates to achieve,” said Danny Arnold, dean of the business college.
Wetherbe, a 1971 graduate of NMSU, holds the Stevenson Chair of Information Technology at Texas Tech University. He is a speaker, author and leading authority on the use of computers and information systems to improve organizational performance and competitiveness. Wetherbe has written 20 highly regarded books and more than 200 articles. He writes regular columns, serves as a consulting editor for publishing companies and was ranked as one of the top dozen consultants in management information systems by Information Week magazine. He received his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Texas Tech.
“I am very honored,” Wetherbe said of his induction. “The last two years of college I was married to my wife Smoky so I was balancing school, work, and being newly wed. I missed graduating with honors … I always felt disappointed about that. But I did get a great education in business and computers, terrific work experience, and most importantly a great wife at NMSU which led to a special family. Being inducted into the Hall of Fame redeems me from my haunting disappointment of not graduating with honors.”
Crow, a native New Mexican and a 1972 graduate of New Mexico State, is the executive vice president of refining for Giant Industries Inc. in Scottsdale, Ariz. He is responsible for all commercial issues involving Giant’s Refining Division, including crude oil and raw materials purchases, and the marketing of refined products for the Bloomfield, Gallup and Yorktown, Va., refineries. He serves on the board of directors of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association and the Arizona Motor Transportation Association.
“I am honored to be recognized by my alma mater for my achievements and I thank the College of Business Administration and Economics for the acknowledgment,” Crow said.