Letter from the President

gcThere are so many wonderful things happening right now at our great university, it can be hard to keep track of it all. This impressive string of accomplishments is a testament to the quality of the NMSU system and would not be possible without the contributions of everyone, including our employees, alumni and friends of the university. Here are just a few of things our team has put together: 

  • Freshmen enrollment for this fall semester is up more than 11% – the largest increase in 17 years; 
  • The Aggie Pathway program has grown from 286 students in 2016 to 753 this year, and branch transfers are up almost 18%; 
  • NMSU’s four-year graduation rates have gone from 13% to 22% in the past four years. Additionally, our five-year graduation rate is 40%, the highest since 2000, and the six-year rate is now 46%, the highest since 2001; 
  • Our fall-to-spring retention rate is the highest in a decade; 
  • This past year, NMSU Foundation raised $2 million more in cash and pledges than at any time in our history; 
  • We are saving nearly $10 million a year because of our Transforming NMSU into a 21st Century University initiative; 
  • We have broken ground on our university hotel project near the NMSU Heritage Farm; 
  • NMSU is No. 1 in the nation for science and engineering funding for minority-serving institutions; 
  • The Brookings Institution ranks NMSU No. 2 in the nation for being a leader in research and social mobility that improves lives; 
  • For the past decade, Forbes has ranked NMSU as one of America’s Top Colleges; 
  • NMSU has earned a Carnegie Community Engagement Classification in recognition of our important outreach efforts; and 
  • Now, for the past five years, NMSU has been recognized as a Top Tier university by U.S. News & World Report. 

Thank you, everyone, for your outstanding contributions. 

Garrey Carruthers ’64 ’65
NMSU President and Chancellor of the NMSU System

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Gerald Rel


Minerva Baumann ’13, Adriana M. Chávez, Kristie Garcia ’07, Billy Huntsman ’16, Andrés Leighton, Gary Mook, Jane Moorman, Darrell J. Pehr, Alyssa Peters, Darren Phillips, John Vu, Julia Wopata


President and Chancellor

Garrey Carruthers ’64 ’65

President, NMSU Foundation

Andrea Tawney

Chief Operating Officer, NMSU Foundation

Tina Byford ’00 ’11

Associate Vice President for Alumni 
Engagement and Stewardship

Leslie Cervantes ’86


Associate Vice President for
Marketing and Communications

Justin Bannister ’03 ’13

Director, Alumni Relations

Mallory Driggers ’16




Tony Martinez ’96 ’98


Scott Sponsellet ’96 ’98


Kay Brilliant ’71

Past President

Crystal Lay ’02 ’10

Executive Council

Kim Archuleta ’95 ’02, Steve Duran ’90, Connie Lee ’69 ’73, Carol Smallwood,
Daniel Sonntag ’14, Andrea Sparkevicius ’91 ’99, Adam Thompson ’08

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