All About Multiple Sclerosis

More MS news articles for March 2003

DuBois To Retire from NMDA June 1

Thursday, February 27, 2003
Las Cruces

Frank A. DuBois, New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture, will retire June 1 after serving as director of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture for 15 years and as cabinet secretary for four governors.

During his tenure with NMDA, DuBois also worked as field inspector, agricultural policy specialist, and assistant director. He was assistant director of NMDA when he was selected as director/secretary by New Mexico State University's Board of Regents in February 1988.

"The two things I'm most proud of are the quality of the employees we've recruited to NMDA and the public support we've received for the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship" DuBois said.

DuBois, a longtime rodeo competitor, won numerous prizes even after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In fall 2000 he established the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship, which has assisted 18 student athletes at NMSU as of this semester. In 2002 he was instrumental in obtaining a state appropriation for an NMSU rodeo coach.

In addition to his work at NMDA, DuBois has been a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Pete V. Domenici and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Water Resources with the U.S. Department of the Interior.

"It's been a great honor to have served the agricultural producers and citizens of New Mexico for the last 30 years" DuBois said.

An active leader, DuBois served as president of the Western U.S. Agricultural Trade Association for two years and as president of the Western Association of State Departments of Agriculture for one year. In addition, he served for two years on the board of directors of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and has chaired their Natural Resources and Environment committee for the last eight years.

In 1990 DuBois created the Rounder's Award to honor those who "live, promote and articulate the western way of life".  This award was named for the book The Rounders.  Max Evans authored the book and received the first award.  Some of the recipients have been Baxter Black, Michael Martin Murphey, Marc Simmons, Chuck Stocks, Elmer Kelton, Grem Lee, and Denny Gentry.

In December 2000 DuBois received the DreamMaker Award from the Going the Distance for MS Research Foundation. He was honored at a Washington, D.C. ceremony for "inspiring us all to live full, productive, and happy lives no matter what our circumstances."

DuBois has received many awards for his involvement in the agriculture and livestock industry. Most recent awards include the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau's Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award in 1994, Progressive Farmer's Southwest Man of the Year in 1995, New Mexico Cattle Growers Association's Cattleman of the Year in 1995, New Mexico CowBelles' Man of the Year in 2000, and the NMSU College of Agriculture and Home Economics' New Mexico Outstanding Leader Award in 2001.  Also in 2001, DuBois received the first "Bud's Contract Award" which was created in honor of the late Bud Eppers.

"Retirement will give me the opportunity to spend more time on the rodeo scholarship and take better care of my personal health" DuBois said.