Longtime Colorado State University – Pueblo Supporter Joins Foundation Board

Longtime Colorado State University – Pueblo Supporter Joins Foundation Board

PUEBLO – Dan DeRose, CSU-Pueblo Foundation Chairman, announced today that longtime University donor and advocate, Arthur (Art) Gonzales, has joined the CSU-Pueblo Foundation Board as a Sustaining Trustee. Two additional individuals have been named to serve on CSU-Pueblo Foundation committees.

CSU-Pueblo Foundation Board members give their resources, time, and talents, and provide professional expertise to acquire and conserve assets critical to the University’s success. Members are presented to the board by an established nominating committee and are approved by a final vote by the board of director trustees. To become a sustaining trustee, individuals must serve as a director trustee for a minimum of two years.

As a retired local businessman, Art, along with his wife Lorraine, continue to be monumental benefactors of CSU-Pueblo. They established the Art and Lorraine Gonzales Baseball Endowment in 1997 which aids the University in recruiting top student athletes with scholarships. Mr. and Mrs. Gonzales also contribute to the CSU-Pueblo football and wrestling programs. The premier CSU-Pueblo baseball camp is named in honor of the couple as The Art and Lorraine Gonzales Youth Baseball Clinic. Additionally, Art, who served at a director trustee of the CSU-Pueblo Foundation from 2000-2003, has been named to the CSU-Pueblo Athletics Hall of Fame and holds many other university accolades.

Born in Pueblo in 1930, Art has lived in Pueblo all of his life, with the exception of four years in the Navy. The Central High School graduate (class of '48) attended Midwest Business College and then completed a correspondence course in accounting through the International Accountant Society before joining the Navy in 1951. When he was discharged from the Navy as a Yeoman First Class, he returned to the job he had held previously at the Pueblo Flour Mill, where he worked until the mill closed in 1956.

Gonzales then began working for a plumbing and sheet metal company, which motivated him to establish what is now known as Mountain States Sheet Metal Co. Retiring in 1980, Art traveled the globe visiting all seven continents. He attributes his financial success to the work ethic instilled in him by his father.

Also joining the CSU-Pueblo Foundation as committee members are Pueblo realtor Flo Mendez-Beatty and Gloria Gutierrez, Senator Mark Udall’s regional representative. As a member of the Fundraising Committee, Mendez-Beatty will aid in all fundraising and public relations efforts of the Foundation, as well as establishing the fundraising priorities and goals of the Foundation. Gutierrez will help identify, recruit, and recommend members for the Nominating Committee, as well as help in the selection process of general scholarships on the Scholarship Committee.

For more information on the CSU-Pueblo Foundation Board, scholarships or giving to the CSU-Pueblo Foundation, contact CSU-Pueblo Foundation Marketing and Development Specialist Lacy Desmond at 719-549-2965 or lacy.desmond@colostate-pueblo.edu.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.