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Distinguished service program seeks nominees

LOPEZ: Co-chair is president of New Mexico Tech

LOPEZ: Co-chair is president of New Mexico Tech

MARTINEZ: Co-chairs service awards program

MARTINEZ: Co-chairs service awards program

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Governor’s New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards – honoring exceptional service by individuals throughout the state for more than 44 years – is looking for a few good nominations for this year’s program.

The awards program, which has raised thousands of dollars in scholarships at three New Mexico universities, was developed by Dr. Albert Rosenthal, professor and director emeritus in Public Administration at the University of New Mexico, in the 1960s.

Each year, about 10 to 12 honorees typically are chosen and celebrated at a gala awards banquet in the fall in Albuquerque.

The group is looking for individuals who not only have served the public admirably but have an established track record of community service.

The program has also maintained a focus on finding and honoring deserving individuals from throughout the state and especially from smaller towns and pueblo and tribal areas. Last year’s distinguished list of winners included individuals from Mesilla, Corrales, Tijeras, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Las Cruces, Belen and Rio Rancho.

To nominate someone, call JoLou Ottino at 505-344-6177.

The NMDPSA program seeks nominations over the next few months, and then a selection committee picks individuals to be honored, as well as a lifetime achievement award recipient. Awards are given in four categories: federal government and national laboratories, state government and universities, local and Indian government, and business and civic.

The program currently is chaired by New Mexico Tech President Dr. Dan Lopez and Gov. Susana Martinez.