A timeline of NMSU leadership: The land-grant mission continues with Couture

December 9, 2009 by Round Up NMSU Round Up

Jay Gogue

July 2000 to July 2003
According to the Board of Regents in 2003, Gogue built a strong administration and united staff during his time at NMSU. Gogue came to NMSU from Utah State University, where he had been provost since 1995. Gogue was selected as chancellor and president of the University of Houston and left NMSU in 2003.

William Flores

Interim president
August 2003 to March 2004
Flores served as provost at NMSU and dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at California State University, Northridge. Flores was also a member of the board of directors of the National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico and a graduate of the Leadership New Mexico program.

Michael Martin

March 2004 to July 2008
Martin was selected unanimously for the NMSU presidency by the Board of Regents in 2004 for his commitment to diversity, fund-raising ability and belief in the land-grant mission. Martin accepted the position as president of Louisiana State University and left NMSU in 2008.

Waded Cruzado

Interim president
August 2008 to May 2009
Cruzado was the first woman and one of two Hispanics to serve as interim president of NMSU. Cruzado was nominated as a candidate for the NMSU presidential search but was selected as president of Montana State University at Bozeman and will begin the position Jan. 1.

Manuel Pacheco

Interim president
May 2009 to December 2009
Pacheco is a New Mexico native and was retired and living in Arizona before he was asked to serve as NMSU interim president. Prior to his retirement in 2003, Pacheco was president of the four-campus University of Missouri system. Pacheco will return to retirement after Barbara Couture’s inauguration.

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