James “Jim” Carruthers, former AWC president dies


YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) -Dr. James “Jim” Carruthers, former president of Arizona Western College (1984-1997), passed away on July 22nd at the age of 79.

Carruthers makes an impact on local students best known for an agreement he signed with former Northern Arizona University President Eugene Hughes in 1988 to found NAU-Yuma.

Arizona Western (AWC) College says Carruthers is known for providing four-year and graduate study opportunities to the border region of southwest Arizona.

Carruthers held other leadership positions during his 28 years at AWC.

Carruthers was also an assistant coach on Ray Butcher’s 1972 Matador national soccer team.

According to AWC, Carruthers served as the Republican representative in the Arizona House of Representatives from 1997 to 2004.

In 2009, a building was dedicated to Carruthers for his assistance in accepting NAU as one of the beneficiaries of 2003 legislation for research infrastructure projects at universities.

The building is located on the AWC Yuma campus.

In honor of his memory, his family has a budding educator scholarship through the AWC Foundation. The scholarship is for students in Yuma and La Paz County who wish to serve as educators for students from preschool through 12th grade.

Click here to make a donation or to learn more about the foundation.

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