2010 Presley Askew

2010 Distinguished Alumnus, Presley F. Askew

2010 Distinguished Alumnus, Presley F. Askew

Presley F. Askew graduated from NMSU in 1959 (B.S. Education) and received a graduate fellowship to Idaho State University where he completed his M.A. (Education) while serving as the Freshman Basketball Coach and teaching in the Department of Physical Education.

In 1961 he married Patricia (Patti) Whittaker, and they moved to Denver where Pres joined Regis University as Assistant Basketball Coach and Director of Intramurals while Patti completed her degree in elementary education at the University of Denver. In 1963, Pres was named Head Basketball Coach and Chairman of the Department of Physical Education at Carroll College in Helena Montana.

In 1965, an opportunity in the business world brought the Askews back to Denver and ultimately led to the establishment of Windsor Financial Group, an SEC registered investment advisory company owned and managed by Pres and Patti. With offices in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, Pres was in the process of expanding Windsor into other states when a unit of American Express made an offer to buy the company, which the Askews accepted. In 1995 Pres and Patti retired from business and increased their already active involvement in nonprofit endeavors.

With their education majors, both the Askews found ways over the years to stay involved with the schools in the Denver area, including mentoring children, working with PTAs, serving on advisory boards and committees, and also were active with nonprofit organizations with youth oriented missions.

In 1998 the Askews moved to Craig, a small community near Steamboat Springs in Northwest Colorado, to be near and involved with their grandchildren. The Askews continued to be active in youth mentoring and activities in their new the community, and were highly instrumental in establishing a Boys & Girls Club in Craig which now serves over 900 children from a school district of only 2000. Collaborating with the School District, the Boys & Girls Club also housed the Craig Alternative High School and provided a place for many community activities in addition to the BGC programs.

In 2007 the Askews returned to the Denver Area. The governor of Colorado appointed Pres to the Tony Grampsas Youth Services Board, which he now chairs. Pres currently serves as the President of the Colorado Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, and is active with a mentoring program with the Denver Public Schools as well as serving on or advising other nonprofit boards. At the 2009 National Philanthropy Days, Pres was named “Outstanding Volunteer” for the state of Colorado.

While his active coaching and teaching days are behind him, Pres continues to use his knowledge and skills that began at NMSU as an Education major and he still draws from the inspiration and example of his NMSU mentors and faculty members. Although his life and career paths varied from his dream of coaching and teaching, Pres feels Vince Lombardi’s perspective was right on target when he said “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”