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NMSU library to be named for donors of largest gift

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents at its March 24 meeting accepted the largest gift in the university's history and agreed to name the New Library on the main NMSU campus for the donors, Herbert and Joan Zuhl of Las Cruces.

Joe Creed, interim vice president of university advancement, told the regents that the Zuhls have pledged a donation of $3 million through an irrevocable provision in their estate plans and also will donate an extensive collection of geological artifacts and petrified wood valued at approximately $400,000.

Creed said the Zuhls' gift ultimately could be as much as $6 million. "This gift is a wonderful example of the way in which private philanthropy can enhance the mission of New Mexico State University," he said.

The New Library, so called since it was built in 1992, will become the Zuhl Library and will display a large part of the Zuhls' collection of geological artifacts and petrified wood. The collection at first will be loaned to NMSU and eventually, through the Zuhls' estate, will be permanently transferred to the university.

"This gift will help so many students for so long," said Board of Regents President Adelmo Archuleta. Board Vice President Larry Sheffield agreed that the donation "will leave a wonderful legacy -- the library is a center of all our students' lives."

R. David Myers, interim library dean, said the Zuhls' collection of artifacts "will work perfectly in the building that will be named for the Zuhls and make the library one of the great showcases of the Southwest."

"The endowment provided by the Zuhls will make the quality margin of difference," Myers said. "The generous contributions of the Zuhls will enable the library to acquire important collections and develop new, cutting edge services that will greatly enhance the education of NMSU students and support important research by university faculty."

Karl Hill
March 27, 2000