- 2017-2018: Renewed: Richard Adkisson (EASIB)
- 2014-2017: Richard Adkisson (EASIB)
- 2008-2013: Renewed: Kevin Boberg
- 2006: Kevin Boberg
Established in 2004 with a $500,000 gift from Dean Garrey E. Carruthers and Mrs. Katherine T. Carruthers and matching state funds of $1 million from the State of New Mexico. The chair will contribute to NMSU’s focus on economic and community development, and help recruit and retain faculty.