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Anderson Schools Foundation Honors Outstanding Faculty

March 23, 2000

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The Anderson Schools of Management Foundation Board has announced the recipient of its annual Faculty Award for Leadership. Virginia Gerde, an Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies at UNM, has been named this year’s honoree.

According to Debbie Johnson, chairperson of the Foundation Board, the recognition goes to a faculty member who has been exemplary in reaching out and working with New Mexico’s business community.

“We are very fortunate to have many outstanding faculty,” Johnson said, “but honoring Virginia is very timely because of the excellent work she has done in making the first annual Ethics in Business Awards possible.”

Gerde, who received her Ph.D. in social issues in management and business ethics from Virginia Tech, has penned hundreds of publications and made as many presentations in her areas of specialty. Gerde assured The Anderson Schools’ active participation in the Samaritan Counseling Center’s Ethics in Business Awards by offering up two classes of students to screen nominees in five categories recognized. In this effort, Gerde crafted a system that involved students in the highest levels of preparation for this business recognition effort.

Also a graduate of Princeton and the University of Virginia, Gerde is a Major in the US Army and is active in the Academy of Management, International Association for Business and Society, and the Society for Business Ethics.

Gerde will be honored at the annual Anderson Hall of Fame, alongside this year’s three inductees to the Hall – John Garcia, Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Department of Economic Development; Robert Goodman, President of Capital Bank; and John Morrison, Partner in the Kirkland & Ellis Law Firm.

The awards will be presented at the Albuquerque Marriott on Wednesday, April 26. The event, underwritten by Wells Fargo Bank and Arthur Andersen LLP, gets underway with cocktails at 6:15 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. Corporate table sponsorships are available at $1000 for business and industry partners, and $500 for non-profit organizations; the cost for individual tickets is $75.

To make reservations or to inquire about table sponsorships, call The Anderson Schools of Management Development Office at 277-0880.


The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit, email, or call (505) 277-6471.