Pioneers Board

Several people standing together, Pioneers Board

NMSU Pioneers Board

Melchor Ortiz, President
Angela Throneberry, President-Elect
Dianna Gibson, Secretary
Anna Price, Treasurer
Emmit Brooks, Past President

Anna Chieffo
Olga Conter
Alice Granado
Lydia Quintana
Mary Reynolds
Craig Ricketts
Rose Marie Sanchez
Bob Sherman
Deb Widger
Yolie Work

NMSU Retiree Benefits

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What They Do

NMSU Pioneers are University retirees or employees (and their spouses) who have worked at NMSU at least 20 years. The NMSU Pioneers were founded in 1984 by NMSU President Emeritus Gerald Thomas and others. Pioneers capitalize on the experience of former employees and support the NMSU mission of "teaching, research and service" by providing a community of colleagues for members, preservation of history and help to promote top quality education and excellence at NMSU. Read about the Pioneers Bylaws here.


Pioneers Book Scholarship Recipients

NMSU Pioneers Book Scholarship

Since 1984, the NMSU Pioneers have focused on awarding scholarships, and in 1995, the NMSU Pioneers funded a current use scholarship to provide book scholarships to students at NMSU. With dedicated board leadership, generous donors and administrative support by the NMSU Foundation, the program has grown to support multiple book scholarships annually.

In recent years, the Board decided to honor past leaders of the NMSU Pioneers who have recently passed away. This tradition continues and scholarship recipients have the opportunity to meet with the Pioneers as well as the families of honored board members at the luncheons and other special events.

Your gift to the Pioneer Book Scholarship will make an impact on NMSU students. The financial cost of books continues to be significant, and an award of $1,000 can assure students are able to purchase the textbooks they need to succeed.

Click here to put books into the hands of our NMSU Aggies by making a contribution!

Meetings and Minutes

Meeting DateLink to AgendaLink to Minutes
February 2, 2021AgendaMinutes
January 22, 2020AgendaMinutes
October 30, 2019AgendaMinutes
May 5, 2019AgendaMinutes
February 12, 2019AgendaMinutes
October 17, 2018AgendaMinutes
July 25, 2018AgendaMinutes
February 13, 2018AgendaMinutes
January 22, 2018AgendaMinutes
September 20, 2017AgendaMinutes
June 14, 2017AgendaMinutes
January 25, 2017AgendaMinutes
September 15, 2016AgendaMinutes
June 15, 2016AgendaMinutes
January 20, 2016AgendaMinutes