January 19, 2016 by Justin Bannister, NMSU News Center
Former New Mexico State University professors Jim Bullock and Gerald Burke are the inaugural awardees of NMSU’s Presidential Medallion. The medallions recognize the outstanding service each has given to the university beyond their time as employees. NMSU President Garrey Carruthers presented the awards earlier today during the university’s spring convocation ceremony.
“Jim Bullock and Gerald Burke served NMSU with distinction during their time as professors and administrators,” Carruthers said, “and they continue to serve NMSU today in the areas of fundraising, GO Bond support and with other issues important to the university. Their dedication to improving the future for our students serves as an example to us all.”
Carruthers said the awards were the inspiration of Ben Woods, NMSU’s former senior adviser to the president. He believed there were people doing outstanding work for the university, but who were not being properly recognized by the awards we had available.
Bullock is a professor and department head emeritus in NMSU’s Department of Accounting and Information Systems, where he taught and held various administrative posts for 24 years before retiring in 1996. He presently serves on the College of Business Accounting Advisory Council and has chaired the NMSU Regents Audit Committee. He is a past member and treasurer of the board of directors of the NMSU Foundation and continues to help the university through various efforts, including fundraising. The James H. Bullock Accounting Endowment was established by former students upon his retirement in 1996, and approximately 60 accounting students have received scholarships through the gifts made to that endowment.
Burke’s career of more than three decades at NMSU began as an assistant professor in the College of Agriculture and Home Economics. He also served as assistant dean of the Graduate School and as vice president for administration and legislative liaison. After retiring, he became president of the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation, overseeing all New Mexico student loans from 1993-2000. He has also served as chair of the statewide GO Bond campaign and on the state’s Commission of Higher Education providing leadership, experience and insight. He continues to work with the New Mexico Legislature, where he has served as the educational representative for NMSU, and as a consultant on many educational issues to legislators, legislative committees, cabinet members and governors.
There’s an opportunity to honor the service of both Bullock and Burke to NMSU. Visit http://giving.nmsu.edu to give to the Gerald M. Burke President’s Associates Endowed Scholarship, the Wanda H. Bullock Nursing Scholarship or the Dr. James H. Bullock Accounting Endowment.