ASC School of Business Student Lounge named for J. Thomas Gilmore

(10-25-2010)

Adams State College alumni continue to appreciate and honor their former professors. Michael Erickson, 1980 graduate, recently donated five thousand dollars to the college and requested the School of Business student lounge be named in honor of Dr. J. Thomas Gilmore, emeritus professor of business.

"Adams State was an amazing place to get an education," Erickson said. "I had a tremendous experience in college and appreciated the dedication shown by Gilmore. It was talks with Dr. Gilmore, in his office, that gave me the traction for life after college. Additionally, it was Dr. Gilmore who connected me with the right opportunity to build a very successful business career in the high tech industry."

Dr. Kurt Keiser, chair School of Business; Kari Erickson; Michael Erickson; Dr. Dave Svaldi, Adams State president; Dr. Tom Gilmore Pat Gilmore

Dr. Kurt Keiser, chair School of Business; Kari Erickson; Michael Erickson; Dr. Dave Svaldi, Adams State president; Dr. Tom Gilmore Pat Gilmore

Gilmore said, "Mike was the kind of student whose enthusiasm improved every class in which he enrolled. He made an impact on Adams State while he was a student and was one everyone knew would be successful in whatever he chose to accomplish in his career. It was a privilege to be honored by him."

After completing a rewarding 20-year-plus business career, Erickson currently teaches a career class at ThunderRidge High School in Douglas County. He said, "Since becoming an educator, I have recognized that teachers have a huge opportunity to impact students in so many ways, much like Dr. Gilmore and Dr. Ellis (emeritus professor of business) did for students at ASC."

Chair of the School of Business, Kurt Keiser, said he appreciates the generous gift and believes Gilmore laid a solid foundation the department continues to follow. "Our faculty continues to follow the core values Tom instilled: access for students, affordability, and serving the under-represented."

Gilmore received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Adams State, 1967 and 1968 respectively, and earned a doctorate degree from Colorado State University in 1976. His career in the School of Business began in 1973, as a faculty member and then serving as dean from 1983 until 1993. Gilmore became vice president for external affairs in 1993, becoming vice president for administration the following year. He was appointed to the college presidency in 1995, retiring in 2002. Adams State President Dave Svaldi said decisions made by Gilmore, while he was president, ensured a future for the institution. "We wouldn't be where we are without Tom."

Erickson stated, "Tom really cared about his students and has made our world a better place. And now, I get to do the same because of Dr. Gilmore and ASC."

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