LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico State University President Gerald [auth] Thomas is being remembered for his steadfast support of the university and for his work to create several scholarships.
University officials announced this week that Thomas had died on Wednesday. He was 94.
Thomas served as president from 1970 to 1984. After retiring that year, he and his wife Jean continued to support the university.
NMSU Board of Regents Chair Mike Cheney says Thomas’ demeanor and reputation will leave a lasting impression on NMSU.
During his tenure, enrollment at the main campus grew by more than 4,000 students and an additional 3,000 students enrolled at NMSU’s four community college campuses.
Thomas also helped organize the building of the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.
A memorial service is planned for Aug. 10 at First Presbyterian Church in Las Cruces.