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NMSU announces two significant contributions from Pat and Lou Sisbarro

New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers has announced that longtime NMSU supporters Pat and Lou Sisbarro will make two separate, substantial gifts to the university designated to support various projects and future initiatives.

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NMSU President Garrey Carruthers, center, stands with the Sisbarro family during a recent event at New Mexico State University. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

“The Las Cruces community, of which New Mexico State University is an integral part, has supported the Sisbarro Dealerships since 1981,” said Lou Sisbarro, president of the Sisbarro dealerships in Las Cruces, Deming and Sunland Park. “This is another way the Sisbarro family can give back to the people of the southern New Mexico because of their continued support of our dealerships.”

As part of their gifts to the university, the husband and wife have established the Pat and Lou Sisbarro Current Use Fund. The proceeds from the gift will be used to “support excellence at New Mexico State University” and will allow NMSU to fund critical projects in a timely manner during the next five years.

“For the last 33, years Lou and I have been a part of many, many NMSU projects, campaigns and fundraisers,” said Pat Sisbarro, who is also one of the creators and original co-chairs of NMSU Aggies Are Tough Enough to Wear Pink. “We’ve seen the school change and grow, and we’re honored to be able to help fund good things that will happen in NMSU’s future.”

The Sisbarros also have announced a separate, substantial legacy gift for the university. This donation will have an extraordinary and lasting impact on NMSU and will provide resources for NMSU to continue important projects and initiatives into the future.

“Pat and Lou are two of our most dedicated supporters. They have generously given their time and contributions since arriving in Las Cruces more than 30 years ago,” Carruthers said. “They both love this community, their children and grandchildren, and are always committed to making a difference in the lives of others.”

The first portion of the current use fund will help to pay for design work needed to renovate NMSU’s Williams Hall, home of the university’s art department. The building has been deemed to be the most in need of repairs of any building on the NMSU campus.

“This is an excellent example of how the Sisbarros’ gift is making an immediate impact for a project that directly supports our student facilities,” Carruthers said. “NMSU is honored to be the recipient of Pat and Lou’s generosity and their legacy gift that will transform our campus for the benefit of our community and future generations."