NMSU College of Business event to highlight legacy of former state resident, Bill Daniels

June 17, 2010 by Justin Bannister NMSU News Center

The New Mexico State University College of Business will host an event Thursday, June 17, highlighting the legacy of Bill Daniels, a former state resident who died in March 2000. Daniels, a decorated naval aviator in World War II and cable television pioneer, lived in Hobbs and graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute. Upon his death, his estate transferred to the Daniels Fund, which provides grants and scholarships in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

“NMSU’s College of Business is pleased to work to continue the legacy of Bill Daniels, in particular his reputation for ethics in business and in life through the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative,” said Garrey Carruthers, dean of the College of Business and NMSU’s vice president for economic development.

The 10th Anniversary of the Daniels Fund will be celebrated at the eight partnering universities in the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, an innovative program designed to instill a high standard of business ethics in graduates. The NMSU College of Business will be linked to the other celebration sites through a video simulcast.

“Bill Daniels began life in humble circumstances, but achieved greatness by staying true to the values he learned as a young man in New Mexico: honesty, integrity, and the importance of hard work and always playing fair,” said Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund.

The celebration will take place at the NMSU Golf Course Clubhouse. Special guests will include nonprofit and community leaders who will be joined by recipients of the Daniels Scholarship.

A total of 253 New Mexico students have been named Daniels Scholars since the program was launched in the state in 2002. This supplemental scholarship provides students in financial need with the opportunity to attend any college or university in the U.S. once they are accepted.

In addition, the Daniels Fund has awarded $1.2 million in funding for Daniels Opportunity Scholarships to colleges and universities in New Mexico. This program provides non-traditional students such as adults returning to college, returning military personnel, GED recipients, foster care youth, and those exiting juvenile justice facilities with the opportunity to attend college.

Since its inception, the Daniels Fund has approved grants totaling $45 million in New Mexico. In 2010, a projected $3.3 million in grants will be awarded in the state. This is in addition to the funding for the Daniels Scholarship and the Daniels Opportunity Scholarship programs.

Among the nonprofits receiving grants are Big Brothers Big Sisters; Boy Scouts of America, Conquistador Council; El Caldito; Junior Achievement; Mesilla Valley Hospice; New Mexico Community Foundation; New Mexico Military Institute; Rivers Academy; Roadrunner Food Bank; and others.

The public is invited to view the live webcast of the anniversary celebration via a link on the Daniels Fund website: http://www.danielsfund.org.

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