Laree Estes Perez awarded honorary doctorate

Former NMSU regent Laree Estes Perez returned to campus in May to receive an honorary doctoral degree at commencement. “I want to express my gratitude and appreciation for the honor,” Perez says. “It’s certainly the greatest honor that I’ve ever received.”

Beginning in 1991, Perez served on the NMSU Board of Regents for six years and was board president from 1994 to 1996. 

Perez received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and economics from Baylor University. She also served on the Baylor University Board of Regents for nine years. 

In 1996, Perez sold her Medallion Investment Management Company to Loomis, Sayles & Company, one of the largest companies in the country. She joined the investment advisory company DeRoy and Devereaux, where she’s been vice president since 2002 and has helped that business grow to over $1.1 billion in assets. 

Coming from a ranching family, and with a heart for New Mexico agriculture, Perez named the NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences – including the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management – in her estate for the purpose of establishing scholarships. 

Kristie Garcia ’07