Writer: Janet Perez
A Colorado-based health-care company is recognizing two distinguished New Mexico State University alumni for their years of community service.
NMSU College of Business Dean Garrey Carruthers and Molzen Corbin & Associates CEO Adelmo “Del” Archuleta are being honored at the 2012 New Mexico Spirit of Achievement Award Dinner. The dinner, set for April 23 in Albuquerque, is a fundraising event for National Jewish Health, a health-care company based in Denver that specializes in treating patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and other related disorders.
“Knowing the significance and past honorees who have received this award, I am truly humbled and honored to be considered,” Archuleta said. “But beyond the award is the importance of the work done by National Jewish Health, and its contribution to the improved health and quality of life for many of our families here in New Mexico. That is what makes the honor even more meaningful.”
According to a news release from the company, the Spirit of Achievement Award is presented to individuals throughout the nation “who have built a legacy of contributing their time, talents and resources in all areas of their lives — personal, business and civic.”
“Both Del Archuleta and I are NMSU graduates and we have been friends for a long period of time,” Carruthers said. “I think it’s great that National Jewish Health has picked two Aggies at one time. We’re always trying to promote the service rendered by
Aggies and the prominence of Aggies in the community, and here is a case where they recognized Del, who has an outstanding public service record.”
Carruthers, who was governor of New Mexico from 1987 to 1991, was selected to receive the award for having “dedicated his life to service and education,” according to the company. Archuleta, who served two terms as president of NMSU’s Board of Regents, was chosen for devoting “his life to improving the lives of New Mexicans and giving back through community service,” a National Jewish Health news release stated.
Carruthers earned his bachelor’s degree in science in 1964 and his master’s in agricultural economics and agricultural business in 1965 from NMSU. In 1968, he earned a Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University. That same year, he joined the NMSU faculty in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business. From 1976 to 1978, he also served as director of the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute at NMSU.
He remained at NMSU until 1985, taking two breaks to serve in the federal government; first as a White House Fellow assigned to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in 1974 and 1975, and then as assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of the Interior from 1981 to 1984. In 1987, Carruthers became the last constitutionally limited single-term governor of New Mexico. During his governorship, he was selected by President George H.W. Bush to be the official U.S. representative at the first free elections in Romania. Fortune magazine also named Carruthers one of the Top 10 Governors for Education in the United States.
After leaving the governor’s office, Carruthers was president and CEO of Cimarron Health Plan from 1993 to 2003. The company later was sold to a national managed-care corporation.
Carruthers was selected from a national pool of candidates in 2003 to serve as dean of the College of Business at NMSU. In 2006, he was named the university’s vice president for economic development and in 2009 he was appointed the first director of the Pete V. Domenici Institute for Public Policy, which is housed at NMSU. Carruthers has been recognized by both NMSU and Iowa State University as a distinguished alumnus.
In the community, he serves on the boards of New Mexico First, Molina Healthcare and the Association of Commerce and Industry. Carruthers also is chairman of the board for Think New Mexico. In addition, he has chaired numerous committees, task forces and initiatives for the public and private sectors and the university. In 2007, he was appointed as a Laureate to the Junior Achievement New Mexico Business Hall of Fame.
Adelmo “Del” Archuleta
Archuleta, a native of Clayton, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from NMSU in 1973 and 1975 respectively.
Following graduation, he joined Molzen-Corbin & Associates, a prominent New Mexico engineering firm headquartered in Albuquerque, where he quickly rose to the position of CEO.
Archuleta was named the distinguished alumnus for the College of Engineering at NMSU in 2004 and was presented with an honorary doctorate in 2010. He also chaired the most recent NMSU presidential search committee and for more than 25 years has supported numerous departments across the university through giving.
Archuleta has received many honors throughout his career, including being named one of New Mexico’s Most Influential People by the New Mexico Business Journal. In addition, Archuleta has received the National Community Service Award from the American Consulting Engineers Council and the Ingeniero Veterano de Nuevo Award from the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers. Under his management, Molzen-Corbin has been ranked by Hispanic Business magazine as one of the 500 largest Hispanic-owned companies in the nation for 19 consecutive years.
He has served in leadership positions for numerous boards, including the United Way of Central New Mexico, the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Explora! Science Center and Children’s Museum, NMSU, Presbyterian Health Services, Public Service Company of New Mexico, New Mexico Mutual and the Bank of Albuquerque. Archuleta also served as the president of the State Board of Education. In 2003, Archuleta received the Governor’s New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award.
For more information on the 2012 New Mexico Spirit of Achievement Award Dinner, log onto http://www.nmspiritofachievement.com.