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  Video: The Life of Barbara Hubbard

With a masterís degree in education and biology, Barbara spent most of her career in the Las Cruces, New Mexico Public Schools as a physical education teacher. She began a career at New Mexico State University in 1966 and became heavily involved in campus activities first as program advisor at NMSU's 13,000-capacity Pan American Center, working with the sports association. Barbara then became a student activities advisor in August 1970 and started bringing events to the building. The first act she brought in was the Ike and Tina Turner Revue; Charlie Pride was her first in-house production.

In 1977, Barbara was named director of special events, a position she held until 1996. Barbara advised student government and organizations, negotiated and processed contracts between student organizations and booking agents and agencies, scheduled and approved the use of the Pan Am Center, administered and controlled the Pan Am building budget and supervised all major campus productions, among other duties. Barbara Hubbard enjoyed nearly a 30-year reign as special events director at New Mexico State University, until her "retirement" in 1996.

Today, she continues as executive director of the American Collegiate Showcase (ACTS), a position she's held since 1978. Barbara oversees all aspects of the program: organizes, produces and markets the program; administers and controls the budget and fundraising; formulates recommendations for the program and recruitment of the Advisory Board, judges, guest stars and seminar instructors. With the scholarship money raised, Barbara is able to take her students to various industry conferences and help nurture their involvement and give them the experience and exposure they need. She is a member of the International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA), the International Association of Arena Managers (IAAM), Pollstar's Concert Industry Consortium (CIC), NMSU Alumni, Henderson State University Alumni, and the Aggie Booster Club.

Her honors are many, including: Minority Affairs Award, National Minority Affairs Committee of the National Association of Campus Activities (1976), First Annual NMSU President's Award for Service (1982), Associated Students of NMSU Dedicated Service Award (1982-93), Performance Magazine's Readers Poll College Promoter of the Year (1981, 1983, 1985, 1987), Teacher of the Year, NMSU (1989), NMSU's Ralph B. Crouch award, (1996), Performance Magazine Touring Hall of Fame (1996), Honorary Sun Bowl Director, NMSU, Racial Harmony Award (1998), International Entertainment Business Association President's Award (2005), Event Pro named her a Living Legend and Presidential Citation from the International Association of Assembly Managers (2006) and the IEBA / Harry A. Peebles Award (2009).

   Barbara Hubbard