Gift Supports Aggie Baseball and Honors Mother's Passion
Michael and Judy Johnson (pictured above, left to right: NMSU baseball player Sam Smith, Athletic Director Mario Moccia, Judy and Michael Johnson, and President Garrey Carruthers) have a lot of love for New Mexico State University. Over the years they have been generous with their giving by establishing Chairs, Professorships, Endowed Scholarships, and even a unique costume room at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts. Most recently, they moved their passion for NMSU to the field…baseball field that is.The couple gave $1.4 million to the NMSU Baseball program for facility upgrades, and they did it in memory of Michael’s mother, Mineola.
“Baseball has been a passion of mine my entire life. The love for the game was instilled in my brother and me by my mother, who was a huge baseball fan. I have many fond memories of her attending our games and cheering us on. This gift is dedicated as a memorial to her and the passion she shared with us,” Michael says.
The generous gift, and the memory of Mineola, will bring good fortune to the Baseball program for years to come. The gift transformed the baseball facility into a state of the art facility, which will enhance recruiting and also impact the program’s ability to provide an improved quality of service to fans.
Michael, who threw out the first pitch during the Aggies vs. GCU game on April 17 (pictured left), retired from ConocoPhillips Co. in 2002. He graduated from NMSU in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in geological sciences. He also has earned master’s degrees from Rice University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as an honorary doctorate from NMSU. He serves on the NMSU Foundation Board of Directors as Past Chairman.
Judy Johnson attended NMSU for three years before transferring to the University of Houston where she finished her degree in accounting. She is a certified public accountant and retired from the City of Houston, Texas, where she held many positions before becoming city controller and director of finance and administration. She serves on the NMSU College of Education’s Board of Advocates, the NMSU College of Business’ Advisory Council, and also received an honorary doctorate from NMSU.