October 28, 2010 by Julie M. Hughes, NMSU News Center
The New Mexico State University Foundation honored two dedicated volunteers for their many years of service Oct. 27 at its “Doing What Counts” campaign celebration as part of Homecoming 2010.
“NMSU benefits each year from the intangible contributions that come from alumni and friends,” said Nick Franklin, president of the NMSU Foundation. “The Spirit of Service award is designed to recognize those contributions.”
This year’s recipients were Hank Cook and John Long.
Cook’s Aggie loyalty goes back to his days as a member of the football team in the 1970s. He set a number of records during his career, several of which still stand in the Aggie record book. When he returned to Las Cruces a few years ago, he was anxious to find a way to support the athletic department and the football team. He teamed up with another dedicated Aggie, Mickey Clute, to start the Football Success Fund. The funds contributed will enhance the coach’s current budget. Originally from California, Cook has worked in commercial real estate and now is cultivating a sports clothing startup.
Long’s service to the Foundation Board of Directors has gone way beyond the “job description” he was given when he first agreed to serve on the board. Long originally came to NMSU as a student on an academic scholarship and was impressed that there were so many full professors teaching his classes in the College of Business. He majored in accounting, but his career evolved into management of a major El Paso insurance company. His wife also is an Aggie and the two have made a major gift to support the dean’s initiatives in the College of Business. After a term as chairman of the NMSU Foundation Board at the start of the “Doing What Counts” campaign, Long has continued to serve the board and the university in any way he can.