New Mexico State University is governed by the Board of Regents, a group of five members appointed by the Governor of New Mexico. Oversight of the University is directed by academic and administrative leaders who include the President, the Provost, College Deans, and the Vice Presidents. Together, they ensure the fulfillment of the University’s mission, uphold its core values, and manage its operations and academic affairs.
Meet Our President
President Garrey Carruthers has loved New Mexico State University from the day he first walked onto campus more than 50 years ago. He grew up in Aztec, N.M., and came to NMSU to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. After receiving a Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University, he returned to NMSU as a faculty member in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business.
A skilled leader, he served as a White House fellow in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and as assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. He was elected governor of New Mexico in 1987. After public life, he entered the private sector, helping to create a health care company and later serving as its president and CEO. In 2003 he retuned to NMSU as the dean of the College of Business, the vice president for economic development, and director of the Pete V. Domenici Institute. In 2013 he became NMSU's 27th president and the first NMSU graduate to do so. He and his wife, Kathy, have been married for more than 53 years and have three children and six grandchildren.
He often says, “NMSU is a caring community that transforms lives through discovery.”