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UNM’s Anderson Schools Announce Hall of Fame Recipients

March 14, 2000

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The Robert O. Anderson Schools of Management at The University of New Mexico will honor three alumni April 26 at the eleventh annual Hall of Fame Dinner. John A. 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, have been selected as this year’s recipients.

“These individuals have distinguished themselves in their professions and have made significant contributions to the communities in which they live,” said Michelle Coons, President of Wells Fargo-Santa Fe and chair for the event. “Every year we are proud to recognize those alumni who have committed to making a difference – and each of these honorees clearly have done that.”

John A. Garcia was appointed by Governor Gary Johnson in 1999 as Secretary of the New Mexico Economic Development Department after serving a four-year term as Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Tourism. A long-time public servant, he has served as manager of the New Mexico State Fair and Senior Officer of Cultural Affairs. He is a Quality New Mexico two time award winner and winner of the Zia Alumni Award from UNM for distinguished public service. In his previous career in the hospitality industry, Garcia was Executive Director of the New Mexico Restaurant Association and founded Hospitality, Inc., an Albuquerque consulting business that specializes in restaurant and hotel management. Garcia received his BBA from The Anderson Schools in 1984 and currently is a member of Anderson’s National Advisory Board.

Robert Goodman is President of Capital Bank and has had a banking career that dates back to 1979 with Sunwest and Rio Grande Valley Banks. Goodman received his BBA in 1966 and his MBA in 1972 from The Anderson Schools. He has chaired the New Mexico Finance Authority and been Director of the Western States Schools of Banking Foundation. His volunteerism also extends to the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, the UNM Foundation and the Albuquerque Community Foundation.

John Morrison resides in Illinois and retired this year as a partner in the prestigious law firm of Kirkland & Ellis. After receiving a BBA in 1955 at The Anderson Schools – with distinction, third in a class of 450 – Morrison acquired a degree in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford as UNM’s only Rhodes Scholar and a J.D. from the Harvard Law School. Morrison’s commitment to UNM has been evidenced through his service as a Board member of the UNM Foundation since 1989 and his appointment last year to the National Advisory Board of The Anderson Schools of Management.

Awards will be presented to Garcia, Goodman, and Morrison at the annual Hall of Fame Dinner at the Albuquerque Marriott. The event is Wednesday, April 26 with cocktails at 6:15 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. The major sponsors for this year’s event are Wells Fargo Bank and Arthur Andersen LLP.

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 Hall of Fame is Anderson’s most significant community event and funds raised support student scholarships, faculty research and career placement activities. Last year’s event raised more than $25,000 to support the vital programs and services of The Anderson Schools.


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.