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This summer, I will officially retire as Chancellor of New Mexico State University. During my time here, it’s been an honor to meet and speak with so many alumni and friends of this great university. NMSU graduates continue to do amazing work in research, community outreach, business and other endeavors that improve lives each day. I’m thankful to have served our university for more than 30 years. 

While I may be leaving, NMSU still needs your assistance. Our $125 million “Ignite Aggie Discovery” campaign is more than 70 percent complete. This fundraising effort benefits our entire NMSU system, and more than 2,600 donors have already invested in our students and our mission. Thanks to your support, and the efforts of our outstanding team in the NMSU Foundation, our alumni participation rate has increased 25 percent in the last several years. During that same time, the rate for our peer universities has decreased more than 27 percent. 

Everywhere I go, across the state and the country, everyone is betting on the success of NMSU. They say, “I went there. I’m now in a position where I can help, and that’s exactly what I want to do.” The Aggie pride I’ve seen first-hand from our alumni and our state is inspirational, and it’s the reason we’ve been so successful.

In my retirement, if needed, I’m always available to continue promoting NMSU. In the words of the great Country and Western philosopher Garth Brooks, “I will sail my (Aggie) vessel until the river runs dry.” 

Garrey Carruthers ’64 ’65

NMSU President and Chancellor of the NMSU System

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Assistant Editor

Tiffany Acosta

Art Director

Gerald Rel


Minerva Baumann ’13, Joe Camporeale, Adriana M. Chávez, DJ Downs ’10, Linda Fresques, Daphne Griffin, Chris Hook, Billy Huntsman ’16, Erica Johnson, Andrés Leighton, Kip Malone, Jane Moorman, Darren Phillips, Melissa Rutter ’17, Ximena Tapia

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 of Marketing and Web Communications

Melissa Chavira '03 '05 '11

Director of News

Darrell J. Pehr

Director, Alumni Relations

Rebecca Galves '01




Tony Martinez ’96 ’98 


Scott Sponseller ’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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