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Dedicated to Higher Education Burke, Bullock awarded first-ever Presidential Medallions By Justin Bannister ’03 ’13

36 Panorama | New Mexico State University | Spring 2016



im Bullock and Gerald Burke have devoted most of their adult lives to New Mexico State University. It seems only fitting that the two are the inaugural awardees of the university’s Presidential Medallion, which recognizes the outstanding service each has given to NMSU beyond their time as employees. President Garrey Carruthers presented the medallions during the university’s spring convocation ceremony. “Jim Bullock and Gerald Burke served NMSU with distinction during their time as professors and administrators,” Carruthers says, “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.” “NMSU is a remarkable place to work. They just won’t ever let you quit,” Bullock says with a smile. “I am deeply humbled to be one of the first recipients of this award.” 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. Burke first chaired the statewide General Obligation Bond Committee in 1992 and has been its full-time chair since 2004. Since then, voters have approved $750 million for capital improvements around New Mexico. NMSU has received more than $150 million of those funds. He also serves on the state’s Commission on Higher Education and 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. “In addition to thanking President Carruthers, I’d also like to thank Ben Woods for seeing that this honor was established,” Burke says. Woods, NMSU’s former senior adviser to the president, helped create the awards to properly recognize some of the people doing outstanding work on behalf of the university. There’s an opportunity to honor the service of both Bullock and Burke to NMSU. Visit 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.

NMSU president Garrey Carruthers, center, stands for a photo with Presidential Medallion award recipients Gerald Burke, left, and Jim Bullock following the 2016 NMSU spring convocation ceremony at the Atkinson Recital Hall.

Panorama - Spring 2016  

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