Franklin proud of his Aggie roots
Robert “Nick” Franklin, ’65, knows that
his degree in government from New Mexico State University laid the
foundation for his professional success. Even during his student days
when he had the opportunity to participate in programs with students
from other colleges, he always felt he was fully prepared to pursue
He attributes that to the influence of
one particular professor, Dr. Donald Kreitzer who was the only
government professor at that time. Dr. Kreitzer encouraged him to apply
for the White House summer program established by President Kennedy, a
life-changing opportunity for this New Mexico native.
For Franklin, attending law school in
D. C. became his next goal. He was accepted into The George Washington
University Law School and earned his Juris Doctorate in 1968.
He returned to New Mexico and started a
40-year career, including service as an aide to a U.S. senator, a
senior staff member to the Governor of New Mexico and Secretary of
Energy for New Mexico. In 1990, he relocated to California accepting a
position as a senior public affairs executive.
Franklin recalls receiving a letter
from then head of the NMSU government department Dr. Bill Taggart in
1998. The letter explained that the department was trying to raise
funds to fully fund its first endowment. He was quick to respond.
“From that moment, I really became passionate about supporting my alma mater,” Franklin says.
He established and funded two Don
Kreitzer Scholarship Funds in memory of the government professor who
influenced him when he was an NMSU student.
Franklin also created a fund for the
Model UN Team designed to help support travel costs to competitions. He
provided funds to the government department for a remodel and technology
improvements in a lecture room in Breland Hall, now known as the Nick
Franklin Government Seminar Room.
In 2006, Franklin was selected as a
distinguished alumnus from the College of Arts & Sciences. He serves
as a member of the Arts & Sciences Dean’s Council and Aggie
Athletic Director’s Council.
Franklin, who retired in 2004, states
that one of the highlights of his life was when former President,
Michael Martin, asked him to serve as vice president for university
advancement and President of the NMSU Foundation in 2008. He loved the
involvement with both staff and donors, many of whom were old friends
from his college days.
A long-time member of the NMSU Foundation’s Board of Directors, Franklin becomes Chair-elect in January 2014.