Letter from the President

New gcMexico State University has launched what may be the most exciting initiative during my time as president. – the Ignite Aggie Discovery campaign. It’s an effort to raise more than $125 million to benefit the entire NMSU system.

One of the most important goals of the campaign is to raise $50 million for student scholarships. These funds will help all NMSU campuses offer opportunities to all students.When I say NMSU is my happy place, it’s not because of the great views or the historic buildings on our beautiful campus – it’s because of the people who help us make a difference. Thank you for being part of our caring community, transforming lives through discovery. I’m glad you’re part of our Aggie family.

The good news is, we’ve already raised more than half of our $125 million goal. I hope you’ll join us in this effort and help us double the impact we’ve been able to make so far.

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


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Art Director

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Tiffany Acosta, Minerva Baumann ’13, Adriana M. Chávez, Christ Chavez, Kristie Garcia ’07, Andrés Leighton, Cassie McClure ’06 ’08, Jane Moorman, Darrell J. Pehr, Janet Perez, Darren Phillips, Carlos Trujillo, Taylor Vancel, Albert Vasquez   

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 Development

Terra V. Winter ’01 ’05

Interim Associate Vice President for
Marketing and Communications

Justin Bannister ’03 ’13

Director, Alumni Relations

Mallory Driggers ’16



Crystal Lay ’02 ’10


Tony Martinez ’96 ’98


Kay Brilliant ’71

Past President

Amy Bigbee ’79

Executive Council

Kim Archuleta ’95 ’02, Steve Duran ’90, Abigail Goodin ’12, Connie Lee ’69 ’73, Daniel Sonntag ’14, Andrea Sparkevicius ’91 ’99, Scott Sponseller ’96 ’98, Adam Thompson ’08


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