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Jim Wetherbe graduated from New Mexico State University in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He remembers his undergraduate academic experience as both challenging and supportive. He always felt a sense of fair play because the faculty provided a quality learning experience.

As a student, Jim worked in the NMSU Computer Center which, combined with his major focus on management information systems, ensured he was well qualified to pursue either a graduate degree or go to work in the burgeoning computer industry.

Even though he thought he might someday want to be a college professor he opted to accept a position with NCR in Lubbock, TX, which was going to enable him to attend graduate school as well. He enrolled at Texas Tech University to pursue an MBA and continued on to earn his PhD.

The NCR work experience taught him more than he ever imagined. While finishing his dissertation he served as Director of Computing Services at Idaho State University during which time he brought that university’s information systems on line as an earlier adopter of distributed networks and opened up a number of career opportunities.

Jim’s career has been a combination of professorial and administrative positions in higher education including the Universities of Houston, Minnesota, Memphis and Texas Tech; and management positions with computing, energy, and consulting companies. He is currently the Stevenson Chaired Professor of Information Technology in the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University. Author of 35 books, he was ranked by Information Week as one of the top dozen consultants and speakers in his field.

Wetherbe has been honored as a distinguished alumnus of both New Mexico State and Texas Tech Universities and was named to the College of Business Hall of Fame at New Mexico State University.

All of his professional success has enabled him to enjoy the rewards of philanthropy. He and his wife Brynn made a transformational gift that funded the construction of a spiritual center on campus. Without Jim and Brynn’s vision and generosity, the Spiritual Center would not be a reality for NMSU. At the dedication in January, Wetherbe expressed his thoughts on this gift.

“Besides providing a campus facility for significant celebrations and memorials, Brynn and I were hoping to help achieve a charming, accessible and inviting facility that would provide a peaceful place for reflection and restoration from the daily demands and challenges of academic life. We are thrilled with the outcome and deeply appreciate the dedicated efforts of President Garrey Carruthers, Dr. Andrea Tawney and the rest of the NMSU team that made it possible,” he said.


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