Last week, Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham announced PNM CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn as a recipient of the Governor’s New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award. This award recognizes Collawn for her exceptional contributions to public service and the community.
“Pat’s contributions toward the state’s environmental future and economic development and her impact on local community needs is immeasurable. These contributions exemplify Pat’s philosophy of how, by working together, we can accomplish great things. She is well-deserving of this recognition. For anyone who knows Pat, they know a person with a brilliant mind, a huge heart and a fun nature. Pat gives her all to everything she works on and has a humble spirit with a willingness to jump in to help those in need, ” Sherman McCorkle, President & CEO, Technology Ventures Corporation.
At the PNM headquarters, Pat’s genuine nature to help others is seen in her interactions with employees. She is the type of CEO who, when learning that an employee’s dog lost his leg, hand delivered sweaters that her beloved three-legged pooch Luc wore during his recovery.
Pat is also known for her lighthearted humor. After a positive employee message, she shared her fun nature with all 1.500 employees by emailing a smiling cat emoji with heart eyes. Now, when anyone receives a cat emoji form Pat, they consider it an A+ accolade.
Pat and the other nine awardees will be celebrated during a banquet on November 13.
Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Governor’s New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards. The Awards are an annual celebration recognizing citizens throughout the State for their outstanding contributions to the public service echoing the words of President Kennedy, “Let the public service be a proud and lively career.” Led by Governor Lujan Grisham and Mr. Sherman McCorkle of Sandia Science and Technology Development Corporation. This year’s golden anniversary awardees are a proud tribute to a number of our finest citizens.
History of the Awards
The Awards began in the 1960’s when it became increasingly difficult to recruit the highest levels of talent for government service. In response, the National Civil Service League initiated a program to recognize outstanding service by both public employees and private citizens who volunteer their time to the public service. At the invitation of Dr. Albert H. Rosenthal, former Professor of Public Administration at the University of New Mexico, the awards were brought to our State and then Governor Cargo and the New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards were born.
The primary objective of the awards is to recognize outstanding contributions to the public service and to the improvement of the government at all levels by both government employees and private citizens. The awards recognize and celebrate the role of civic leaders in improved government while encouraging the highest levels of excellence in the pursuit of public service. Ultimately, the Awards heighten awareness and appreciation of public service achieving President’s Kennedy’s goal of drawing the best and brightest to all levels of public service.
Awards are given in four categories:
- Federal Government and National Laboratories
- State Government and Universities
- Local and Native American/Navajo Government
- Business and Civic
All funds raised by NMDPSA are donated to New Mexico universities as scholarships for students pursuing an education in public service fields. We believe it is imperative to develop and encourage leadership and active citizenship at all levels.
Please join us in honoring this year’s awardees.