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Million-dollar gift to College of Business will support graduate fellowships

  • By Tatiana Favela
  • 575-646-7953
  • Apr 01, 2022
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Julie Dill, a New Mexico State University College of Business alumna who graduated in 1981, is providing students an opportunity to receive graduate fellowships by creating a $1 million transformational gift.

Dill earned her bachelor's degree in business administration and said the education and experience she received helped set her on a career path she could have never imagined.

“I had outstanding professors who taught me foundational business principles and I believe my education was every bit as good as my colleagues’ who went to bigger, more well-funded, ‘brand name’ schools,” Dill said. “As I am now able to give back to the college that gave me so much, I want to be able to assist students to achieve their goals.”

Having previously funded a scholarship for undergraduates, Dill wanted to ensure the new funds would be allocated where they were most needed – graduate fellowships.

“I am hopeful that by providing this gift, it will help support NMSU’s vision of achieving the highest Carnegie research status by allowing students to focus on their studies without having to worry about financial aid,” she said.

By providing a pathway for students to reach their highest potential, Dill hopes others who support NMSU can follow her lead and contribute as well. “I recently heard someone say that successful fundraising starts with the first donor – so I am hopeful that with this ‘first’ donation, other alumni and business organizations will consider making a gift to NMSU.”

Dill is currently a non-executive director at Rayonier Advanced Materials and Sterling Construction Company. With over 35 years of corporate experience in various executive roles, she brings a broad perspective to the corporate boards she is involved with.

She has received her directorship certification from the National Association of Corporate Directors, and her board competencies include financial acumen, operations, strategy, international experience, governance, risk management, external communications, and political and regulatory experience.

Dill also actively mentors young professionals and has a strong passion for helping young women.

Some of Dill’s accomplishments include being inducted into the NMSU College of Business Hall of Fame in 2000 and receiving the Business Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010. She has received other awards, such as Most Powerful Businesswomen in Texas in 2016. Dill created the Julie Dill Endowed Scholarship at NMSU in 2017 and is an active member of the NMSU College of Business Advisory Council.

With all her success, she still prioritizes and makes time for visiting students at NMSU’s College of Business.