Writer: Linda Fresques
In support of New Mexico State University’s “Doing What Counts” comprehensive campaign, brothers Ed and Harold “Chub” Foreman have made a $1.5 million gift to the NMSU College of Engineering, their alma mater.
The donation from the Foreman brothers, who both earned bachelor of science degrees in civil engineering at NMSU, establishes two professorships and one endowed chair in civil engineering. The gift also will be used to bolster recruitment and retention of students in the College of Engineering.
“This is the largest single gift from private individuals ever received by the College of Engineering and will help us recruit and retain world-class faculty, specifically in the field of civil engineering,” said Steven Castillo, dean of the College of Engineering. “It also serves as an outstanding endorsement of the engineering education provided here at NMSU.”
The brothers were born and raised on a peanut and sweet potato farm in Portales, N.M.
“Chub and I are most fortunate,” Ed Foreman said. “We had loving, hard-working parents who instilled in us the importance of a strong belief and responsibility to and for ourselves, our family, friends, and Christian principles.
“Although in the early days we didn’t have a lot of material things, we were indeed rich. Over the last few years, we’ve been able to accumulate a little money…and we are pleased to contribute, in whatever way possible, to help people grow,” he said.
Harold Foreman’s career began in heavy construction and led to real estate brokerage and management. He is currently president and co-owner of Valley Leasing and Development, Inc., a property management and asset holding company in Las Cruces. In 1984 he was elected to the New Mexico State Senate, where he served for eight years. In 1988, Harold was selected as one of the top 100 alumni from the NMSU College of Engineering.
While working as an oil field hand, Ed Foreman launched a highly successful petroleum-related business that made him a millionaire by age 26. He also had a successful political career and is the only person in the past 100 years to be elected to the U.S. Congress from two states: New Mexico and Texas. Today, Ed is one of the country’s top motivational speakers and positive thinkers, counting the late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale as a friend, teacher and mentor. A dynamic business entrepreneur and active civic leader, Ed has developed numerous programs and products and persuasively teaches the success formula he lives by. Ed Foreman holds the Council of Peers Award for Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the National Speakers Association, held by fewer than 100 people worldwide and is one of only eight people to receive the Distinguished Faculty Award of the Institute for Management Studies.
“Chub and Ed have been great supporters of the Civil Engineering Department for many years and both are members of the Civil Engineering Academy at NMSU. The academy is an honorary group that also provides advice and direction for the department. We are very pleased and honored that they have chosen to support our department and the college with this generous gift,” said Ken White, department head of Civil Engineering.
Ed Foreman said he hoped his gift would inspire others “to contribute to the expansion of the great work that is being done by the dedicated, talented, unselfish efforts of the stellar staff and faculty at New Mexico State University.”