Distinguished Alumnus: Chris Knackstedt (’91)
Chris Knackstedt of El Paso is the 2001 Distinguished Alum of the New Mexico State University College of Business Administration and Economics.
Knackstedt is a 1991 honors graduate of NMSU with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree with a minor in Economics. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1996 and is a Certified Public Accountant.
He currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for the Sierra Providence Health Network, a for-profit network of two acute care hospitals, a physical rehabilitation hospital, an ambulatory surgical center, a 500 physician PHO, and multiple outpatient service centers.
Prior to becoming Chief Financial Officer, Knackstedt served as Director of Contract Compliance for Sierra. Before joining the Sierra Providence Health Network, he was a Senior Auditor for KPMG Peat Marwick with responsibility for planning and coordination of annual financial audits and preparation of audit reports.
His clients included publicly traded entities, manufacturing entities with multi-national operations, and several hospitals. Knackstedt is a former member of the NMSU College of Business Alumni Advisory Counsel and currently serves on the NMSU College of Business Advisory Board.