Pat and Lou Sisbarro’s love of NMSU recognized with honorary doctorates

For 35 years, Pat and Lou Sisbarro have called Las Cruces home. The couple raised three children, built a successful company and became active in the community since moving in 1981 from Michigan to New Mexico – in part, they say, because they were drawn to New Mexico State University. The Sisbarros’ deep connections to NMSU were recognized with honorary doctoral degrees at fall commencement.

 “Pat and Lou Sisbarro are two of NMSU’s greatest champions,” says NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers. “For years, they have devoted their time and support to causes that benefit this great university, into the benefit of our students and the greater Las Cruces community.” As they built up their business to one of the largest families of auto dealerships in the Southwest, they also strengthened their connections to NMSU, supporting athletics, the theatre program, cancer research through the Aggies Are Tough Enough to Wear Pink fundraising campaign, and entrepreneurial students through Aggie Shark Tank. Most recently, they created the Pat and Lou Sisbarro Community Park, with a track and exercise area

that has brought community members onto campus to connect with the university. From humble beginnings in New Jersey, the couple feels they are living the American dream. “If we can do it, anybody can do it. It’s hard work, determination – draw that line and go for it,” Lou says. “I knew we were going to be successful. There’s no doubt in my mind. I don’t think we had any idea we would reach the level we’ve reached.”

Tiffany Acosta