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UNM's Anderson Schools Announce 2003 Hall of Fame Recipients

February 17, 2003

ALBUQUERQUE - The Robert O. Anderson Schools of Management at The University of New Mexico will honor three alumni at the 14th Annual Hall of Fame Dinner on April 3. Michelle A. Coons,, President/CEO at Wells Fargo Bank Santa Fe; Gary L. Dushane, CPA, Partner, KPMG LLP; and Edward J. Neff, CPA, Retired Partner, Neff/Ricci LLP have been selected as this year's recipients.

"I am impressed by the high quality of nominees we received for these awards," said Kathy Sporing, Senior Vice President and Regional Private Banking Manager at Wells Fargo and the Chairperson for this year's event. "While all of our alumni nominees were impressive, these three really set themselves apart with their commitment to making a difference, both in their professional accomplishments and contributions to the community."

Michelle A. Coons joined Wells Fargo shortly after receiving her BBA from The Anderson Schools in 1983. As President of Wells Fargo Bank Santa Fe since January 1999, she has overseen the growth of the bank from $25 million to $350 million and exceeded budgeted earnings for the past four years. She is Past Chair of The Anderson Schools of Management Foundation Board and National Past President of The University of New Mexico Alumni Association. She was named a Power Broker by the New Mexico Business Weekly in 2002 and 2003.

Gary L. Dushane was named Partner in Charge of the Midwest Area Risk Advisory Services Practice for KPMG in October 2001 and was relocated to KPMG's Chicago office after spending more than 26 years in Albuquerque. Currently he serves on the Financial Research and Advisory Committee of Chicago and the Board of Directors for Chicago's Goodman Theater. In 2002, he was named one of the Top 100 New Mexico Power Brokers by the New Mexico Business Weekly. He received his Bachelors of Education from The University of New Mexico in 1973 and his MBA from The Anderson Schools in 1975.

Edward J. Neff is a retired partner from the firm of Neff/Ricci LLP. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Albuquerque Chapter of Certified Public Accountants, and the New Mexico Estate Planning Council. Mr. Neff’s service to the Albuquerque community spans more than four decades through his involvement with organizations such as Albuquerque Little Theater and the Heights Optimist Club, as well as his participation in the founding of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. He is a University of New Mexico Letterman and a member of UNM's Lobo Club. He received his BBA from The Anderson Schools in 1948.

Awards will be presented to Coons, Dushane and Neff at the Hall of Fame Dinner at the Sheraton Old Town in Albuquerque. The event is Thursday, April 3 with no-host cocktails at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. The major sponsors for this year's event are Wells Fargo Bank, Intel Corporation, Bank of the West, Charter Companies, KPMG LLP, PNM and Grant Thornton.

Corporate table sponsorships are available at $1000 for business and industry partners and $600 for non-profit organizations. The cost for individual tickets is $75. To make reservations or to inquire about table sponsorships, call The Anderson Schools Development Office at (505) 277-0880 or email by Monday, March 31.

The Hall of Fame is Anderson's most significant community event, and the funds raised support student scholarships, faculty research, and career placement activities. Last year's event raised more than $50,000 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.