Donor Spotlight: George and Jenean Stanfield

October 31, 2023 - Megan Borders

Investing in New Mexico’s youth today to help shape our tomorrow

George and Jenean StanfieldGeorge and Jenean Stanfield have spent a combined 65 years in the finance services industry, 40 and 25 years respectively. Finding their way to banking independent of each other, they met through the profession, forged a bond, and have been philanthropic partners ever since.

The Stanfields started their philanthropic journey by getting involved personally through United Way early in their careers, which evolved into nonprofit work throughout their travels. Their nonprofit interests expanded as they moved to each new place, but they stayed true to their passions. They included organizations that promoted education, job creation and providing services to people in need.

George is a proud Anderson alum who graduated in 1977 with his BBA in finance. He spent the next 40 years gaining banking experience and working his way up the corporate ladder with two banks. Most notably he spent 32 years with the Bank of the West. He and Jenean were able to travel and live in many different places because of his job responsibilities with the bank. Due to his professional and philanthropic accomplishments, Anderson recognized his hard work by inducting George into the Hall of Fame in 2009.

Jenean, a native New Mexican, discovered her passion for banking through an entry-level position while working her way through college. She advanced up the corporate ladder at First Community Bank and retired as their senior vice president. Throughout her executive career, her responsibilities ranged from loan administration, training and regulatory compliance.

Both Jenean and George prioritize investing in people, as they are grateful for the fortunate turns their careers took. It is important for them to help those who may not have the means to create their own opportunities. They do this through the Jenean and George Stanfield business scholarship, which is awarded to an Anderson student each year with unmet financial need.

Their dedication to our students enables them to assist young New Mexicans in discovering opportunities and navigating their life paths - and if that path is in New Mexico, even better!

To learn more about how to support Anderson and tomorrow’s business leaders, contact Melanie Hitchcock.