Steven R. Beffort, a strong, steady, behind-the-scenes force at the University of New Mexico, died Sunday, June 29, 2014 at the Heart Hospital of New Mexico. He was 76.
Beffort came to UNM in 2002, where he served in various positions including vice president of Institutional Support Services (ISS). He was instrumental in the formulation of Lobo Development, which evolved from the success of Lobo Energy, Inc., a 501(c)3.
Lobo Development is a UNM Regent-owned, non-profit corporation created under the University Research Park and Economic Development Act. Its purpose is to facilitate non-traditional real estate development through collaborative and innovative approaches to advance the goals of the University.
“Steve was an incredible gentleman and a smart, committed employee,” UNM President Robert G. Frank said. “His quiet leadership was a valuable resource for this University, helping us to advance our energy conservation and real estate development. We will miss him personally and professionally.”
In addition his position as vice president of ISS, Beffort also served as President of Lobo Energy, Inc. and executive director of the Center for Support of Economic Development at UNM’s Anderson Schools of Management until 2004 when he joined Facilities Management. He was also a board member of Lobo Development, and a board member of the Popejoy Leadership Team.
Prior to coming to UNM, Beffort also served as cabinet secretary for General Services Department under former Gov. Gary Johnson for two terms, overseeing all state government holdings, as well as the comprehensive insurances.
He graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He began his career at Sears and held numerous executive positions spanning more than 30 years before coming to UNM.
Beffort was actively involved in the community serving as campaign chair for United Way of Central New Mexico in 1993. He also served as president of the New Mexico Retail Association, president of New Mexico Tech Net and was a member of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Beffort was born Aug. 26, 1937 in Salina, Kan. and was the son of Edmund and Myrtle (Borgstadter) Beffort. He is survived by his wife State Senator Sue Wilson Beffort; two sons, Cris Beffort and his wife Tiffiney and Mark Beffort; two step-sons Sean Curtis and Eric Curtis; grandchildren Sara Beffort, Molly Beffort, Lauren Curtis, and Drake Beffort; brothers Kent Beffort and his wife Jan and JD Beffort and his wife Jan.
Services for Beffort will be held Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 2 p.m. at The Cathedral Church of St. John's located at 318 Silver SW in Albuquerque.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to New Heart, Inc., 601 Lomas NE, Albuquerque NM, 87101. An online guestbook is available for Beffort at www.FrenchFunerals.com.