Civil engineering alumnus establishes professorship

Writer: Tracey O’Neil

William C. Wells, Jr. has established the Wells-Hatch Family Endowed Professorship in Civil Engineering at NMSU in honor of his family.

Wells graduated in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He is one of 13 family members who have graduated from NMSU, beginning with his father, the late William Cramar Wells, Sr. who earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1935, and mother, Ruby Jane Wells (Hatch), who earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics in 1939.

“We are very grateful to Mr. Wells for his generosity.  He decision to give something back will help us with our goal of recruiting and retaining world-class faculty,” said Steven P. Castillo, dean of the College of Engineering.

The professorship will be awarded to a faculty member in the department of civil engineering who exemplifies excellence in teaching, research, and service. The professorship will support research, graduate students, salary, and academic-associated needs of the recipient. It is anticipated that the professorship will be awarded in fall 2008.

“I wanted to do this because of the family members who have graduated from NMSU. The education we received has given us a world of opportunities and an education second to none,” Wells said.  “We found ourselves fortunate enough to be in a position to give something back.”

Wells is president and owner of Denver-based Wells Energy Company and Vegas Production Company, involved in oil and gas exploration and production.

The Wells family has long-supported the College of Engineering. William C. Wells, Sr. was a member of the NMSU Academy of Civil and Geological Engineering for several years prior to his death, and Wells, Jr. has been a member since 2000.

“We are very pleased and grateful to receive the professorship and the continued support of the Wells family,” Kenneth R. White, department head of civil engineering said.


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