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NMSU recognizes Hagerman native

The NMSU Alumni Association will recognize Rance Miles, formerly of Hagerman, New Mexico, at NMSU’s Homecoming with the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. (Submitted Photo)

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Rance Miles, whose hometown roots lead back to Hagerman, received recognition by the New Mexico State University Alumni Association as the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

For the past 60 years, the NMSU Alumni Association has presented accomplished alumni with these prestigious awards, selecting honorees based on personal accomplishment, professional achievement and charitable service.

To earn his way through college, Miles starting working 20 hours per week as a livestock feeder at the NMSU campus farm for just $2.75 per hour.

“I was able to take care of my living expenses with that job in the late 1970s,” Miles said. “I sure couldn’t do that today.”

Today, he leads Select Milk Producers, Inc. as the chief financial officer and chief operating officer. After graduating from NMSU in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree, Miles embarked on a two-decade career in banking and finance. His banking career led him to meet two partners who eventually decided to start the company from scratch. Now, with multiple manufacturing sites and more than $2 billion in annual revenue, Select Milk Producers, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading cooperatives made up of dairy farmers committed to high-quality milk and animal care and comfort.

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Miles credits his time at NMSU for laying the foundation he needed to succeed. In return, he supports current Aggie students by speaking on campus and supporting scholarships, including the Aggie Finish Line Scholarship that provides the financial means needed to help students in their final semesters at NMSU.

“It is only after you graduate and get well into your professional life that you realize and appreciate the value and significance of your NMSU college education,” Miles said. “It will stack up against any other college in the U.S., and it will open many doors and carry you far.”

Miles is the son of Warren and Juhree Miles of Hagerman. He currently lives with his wife Deanna in Dallas, Texas. He has two children — a daughter, Erin Miles Field, who lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband Storm Field and daughter Hadley, as well as a son, Trevor Miles, who resides in Dallas.

The awards will be presented during Homecoming 2018 festivities at a dinner on Friday, Oct. 5. To learn more about Miles and additional recipients of the 2018 awards, please visit advancing.nmsu.edu/homecoming. Registration for the dinner is open at bit.ly/2Pj5JQa.