The father-daughter team of Bob and Brenda Porter is dedicated to NMSU
The father-daughter team of Bob and Brenda Porter established the Bob Porter Point Guard Endowed Scholarship in 2007, but that wasn’t the beginning or the end of either’s dedication and generosity to New Mexico State University. The Porters’ dedication to their alma mater was celebrated at the university June 28 as the second Stewardship Story hosted by the NMSU Foundation.
Bob played the forward position on Aggie basketball teams for Coach John Gunn for the 1948-49 season and for Coach McCarty for the 1949-50 and 1950-51 seasons. The endowment established in 2007, the first fully funded endowed position scholarship for Aggie Athletics, was a direct result of Bob’s love of the game and of NMSU, but it was a true team effort, as Brenda committed a portion of what was to be a share of her father’s estate to fully fund the endowment. Income from this endowment is now used annually to fund the scholarship for the point guard position on the men’s basketball team.
Bob also joined with his teammates several years ago to establish an operational endowment for men’s basketball in the name of their coach, George McCarty, and has supported the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences with the Bob Porter Endowment for Plant and Environmental Sciences.
Brenda has recently established the Brenda K. Porter Endowed Scholarship in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
“This is a wonderful story we are telling today about Bob and Brenda Porter,” said NMSU President Barbara Couture. “Both are extremely committed to this community and their alma mater. Both are outstanding leaders, who have not only given of their personal time through service, but they have been exceptionally generous in their personal giving. We are grateful for their love and dedication to NMSU.”
Dennis Prescott, NMSU vice president for university advancement and president of the NMSU Foundation, agreed, “It is important to identify individuals who are truly making a difference at NMSU through their gifts and we must honor them for their support.”
Brenda said that NMSU held such a special place in both their hearts that they wanted to find a way to give back. Brenda also talked about encouraging her father to establish the endowment while he could enjoy seeing the benefits.
“We both had such wonderful experiences in college and we both wanted to give back. Bigger schools have all of their positions endowed and that is our dream for NMSU,” Brenda said. “We continue to be thrilled with the progress and growth at NMSU.”
Bob said anyone thinking of establishing an endowment couldn’t find a better place to do so.
“We are not wealthy people by any means, but we sat down and decided to give to NMSU and we encourage others to do it too,” he said.
Brenda is a 1983 graduate of the College of Education with a bachelor’s in elementary education. She also earned a master’s in 1987. She has served as president of NMSU President’s Associates Board, the Junior League and the Aggie Athletics Club. She is currently serving on the NMSU Foundation Board.
Bob graduated in 1951 with a bachelor’s in agriculture and in 1956 earned a master’s in counseling and guidance. He served as president of the NMSU Alumni Association in 1975 and on the NMSU Foundation Board from 1974 to 1980. He was recognized in 1982 as a Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and received the James F. Cole Award for Service in 1987.
This is the second in a series of Stewardship Stories, to highlight the amazing programs that have been established at the university thanks to the generosity of its donors.