Presley F. (Pres) Askew graduated (cum laude) from New Mexico State University in 1959 with a B.S. in Education. As an undergraduate, Pres was a member of the Aggie’s Border Conference Champion basketball team, a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and active in intramurals and other campus activities. After graduation, Pres accepted a graduate fellowship at Idaho State University where he completed an M.A. in Education (1961) while coaching the freshman basketball team, assisting with the varsity basketball team, and teaching classes for the Department of Physical Education. Patti Askew was an elementary education major at Idaho State University where she was active in student government and a member of the Alpha Omicron PI Sorority. She was also a member of sophomore and junior class honorary organizations chosen for scholarship, service, and leadership.
The Askews were married at the end of Patti’s junior year and moved to Denver where Patti completed her degree in elementary education at the University of Denver while Pres served as assistant basketball coach and head baseball coach at Regis University. In 1963 Pres and Patti moved to Helena, Montana where Pres was the head basketball coach and Chairman of the Department of Physical Education at Carroll College. An attractive business opportunity ultimately resulted in the Askews relocating to Denver and establishing Windsor Financial Group, a registered investment advisory company which the Askews sold to a unit of American Express prior to retirement. Since retiring in 1995, both Pres and Patti have been active as volunteer leaders in several organizations. The Askews were recognized as the “Philanthropists of the Year” in 2006 by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation and “Citizens of the Year” in 2007 by the Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado. In 2009 Pres was named “Outstanding Volunteer” for the State of Colorado and the Askews were recently chosen as the Colorado 2010 Volunteers of the Year by the Institute of International Education.
The NMSU baseball complex, Presley Askew Field, is named for Pres’ father who was the Aggie basketball and baseball coach during the 1950s and 60s.
Class Level: SR.
Required Minimum GPA: 3.0
Other Requirements: Must be student teaching in the year the award is given.