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NMSU College of Business to honor 2015 Hall of Fame inductee

Don Beasley, founder of Las Cruces accounting firm Beasley, Mitchell & Co. and a 1972 graduate of New Mexico State University, will be inducted this month into the NMSU College of Business Hall of Fame. In addition, the college will present the Traders Award to beloved emeritus faculty member Jim W. Nordkye and corporate supporter Citizens Bank of Las Cruces.


Portrait of Don Beasley
Don Beasley, founder of Las Cruces accounting firm Beasley, Mitchell & Co. and a 1972 graduate of New Mexico State University, will be honored as the 2015 inductee to the College of Business Hall of Fame. (Courtesy photo)
Portrait of Jim Nordyke
Jim W. Nordyke, an emeritus faculty member of the NMSU College of Business, will receive the 2015 Traders Award from the college. (Courtesy photo)

The induction ceremony and banquet takes place at 6 p.m. April 10 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave. Established in 1997 by the College of Business, the Hall of Fame honors outstanding business college alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers.

Beasley earned his Bachelor of Accountancy degree from NMSU and has worked in the accounting field for 40 years. He founded Beasley, Mitchell & Co in November 1987 with a three-person staff, which has grown through the years to 62, including 41 fellow Aggie alums.

“I am truly honored to be receiving this prestigious award from my alma mater,” Beasley said. “I am proud of the education I received at NMSU, and I am also continually impressed by the preparedness and professionalism of the many NMSU graduates whom we have employed at Beasley, Mitchell & Co. through the years.”

Active in local civic and charitable work, Beasley has served as president of numerous boards and organizations, including the NMSU Foundation Board, the NMSU Alumni Association, the Las Cruces Public School Foundation board, and the Las Cruces Economic Forum.

Beasley currently serves on the Board of Directors for Citizens Bank of Las Cruces, and is a member of the American Society of Certified Public Accountants, New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Dońa Ana Certified Public Accountants.

He was also selected for the 1998 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Business. Beasley and his wife of 41 years, Patsy, have two sons, both of whom work with him at Beasley, Mitchell & Co.

Two special awards also will be given out at the Hall of Fame ceremony. Introduced in 2006, the Traders Award honors individuals who have given exceptional service to the College of Business. In 2010, the Corporate Traders Award began recognizing outstanding contributions by corporations to the college’s mission.

This year’s Traders Award recipient is Jim W. Nordyke, an emeritus faculty member of the College of Business.

Nordyke received a bachelor’s degree with a major in economics in 1952 from Stanford University in California. After graduating, he served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. He then went on to receive a master’s degree in economics in 1957 and a Ph.D. in economics in 1959 from Princeton University in New Jersey.

Nordyke joined the faculty of the NMSU Department of Economics when it was originally created in 1964 and served as department head from 1974 until 1988. Nordyke loves teaching eager minds, and in 1973, he was awarded the NMSU Westhafer Award for Teaching. He also received the Crouch Service Award for his service to NMSU in 1992. At NMSU, Jim taught courses in elementary macroeconomics, international economics, the history of economic ideas, and comparative economics systems.

He retired from NMSU in 1992 and currently resides in Las Cruces, where he enjoys spending time with his companion, Ingeborg Volpi, traveling, gardening and managing his financial portfolio.

The Corporate Traders Award this year will go to Citizens Bank of Las Cruces, in recognition of its decades of support for the College of Business and NMSU. Citizens Bank is locally owned, with 106 employees and local board of directors, and has served the Las Cruces community since 1970. Its leaders and team members have provided scholarship funding and mentorship to students in the College of Business and across NMSU.

College of Business Dean Jim Hoffman praised all of the recipients as important and continuing contributors to student success.

“These individuals – and the team at Citizens – have had a tremendous impact on our students, each in their own way. They’ve given their time, expertise, mentorship and financial support to our business students, helping them emerge from NMSU prepared to embark on their careers,” Hoffman said. “These awards are our way of showing how much we value these gifts and inspiring others to become involved.”

For more information about the 2015 Hall of Fame banquet, or to purchase tickets, contact Steven Romero at 575-646-7035 or stever@nmsu.edu. Learn more about the College of Business online at business.nmsu.edu or facebook.com/NMSUBusiness.