Marketing Department Head and Director of PGA Golf Management program committed to student success
For 20 years, Pat Gavin has been connecting with New Mexico State University marketing students and growing the PGA Golf Management program from about 40 participants to 300 with a waiting list. Even so, Gavin felt he had more to give NMSU and took on another role this past summer - head of the marketing department in the College of Business.
Gavin, who grew up in Las Cruces and earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees at NMSU, was living in Phoenix in 1993 when the opportunity to return to his alma mater presented itself. He joined the faculty as assistant director of the golf management program, taking over the reins as director in 1994. The program, brought to NMSU by golf coaching legend Herb Wimberly, has seen steady growth under Gavin's stewardship - during which time Gavin also became a college full professor.
In addition to serving as department head, Gavin will continue to direct the PGA Golf Management program. He reports that, regardless of his job title, the most important part of his work remains the relationships he builds with the students.
"That's my strong point and it always has been - dealing with students," he said. "I enjoy coming to work. I love my job."