Avid supporter honored with presidential medallion

By Charlotte Tallman ’02

Karen Becklin is no stranger to New Mexico State University. After receiving her doctorate in Education from NMSU in 1974, she continued supporting the campus for 20 years, working on college and university policy and funding issues in New Mexico before retiring in 2001. It didn’t take her long to begin supporting
the university in another life changing way.

Because of her continued and integral support of NMSU, Becklin was awarded the NMSU Presidential Medallion during the university’s convocation ceremony in August. The Presidential Medallion recognizes the outstanding service individuals give to the university beyond their time as employees.

carruthers-medallion“Karen’s support of New Mexico State University has not gone unnoticed,” says NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers.

“She’s devoted her talents to an important and stimulating field that has a true impact on the university and the state. We are proud to call her an alumna, a former employee and a friend.”

During her impressive career, Becklin also held positions at the Commission on Higher Education and the Legislative Finance Committee. She currently serves on NMSU’s Labor Relations Board.

Becklin’s support has not only been her aptitude for public policy, but financial gifts that will impact how students learn about policy development. In 2013, Becklin made a gift to establish the Becklin Public Policy Endowed Professorship in NMSU’s College of Business and Domenici Institute. The Domenici Institute’s goal is to engage the general public and encourage them to discuss and take part in issues of public interest, specifically when it comes to important policy matters.

“Karen gave in such a way that generations of students at NMSU will have an opportunity to learn about important issues that impact our nation,” says Andrea Tawney, Ph.D., president of the NMSU Foundation. “That kind of impact leaves a legacy that will not be forgotten.”

The faculty member who holds the professorship will continue the work of those like Becklin and engage the public and students in the precision of policy development.

“NMSU and our alumni contribute strongly to the state. I want this professorship to encourage merit and to inspire the next generation to see public policy development as a rigorous and challenging career path, and one needed at all levels of society,” says Becklin.