April 17, 2003 by Karl Hill NMSU News Center
Garrey E. Carruthers, president of the Cimarron Health Plan, former governor of New Mexico and former faculty member at New Mexico State University, has been appointed dean of the university’s College of Business Administration and Economics.
Carruthers, who will start on July 1, “brings years of experience in private industry, public service and higher education administration,” said Provost William Flores, the university’s chief academic officer.
“Dr. Carruthers is a past director of the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, serves on the boards of New Mexico Business Roundtable for Educational Excellence, New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and on many other organizations that will help him bring national recognition to the College of Business Administration and Economics,” Flores said.
Carruthers said he is “delighted to be returning” to New Mexico State University.
“The college has an excellent faculty and staff,” he said. “I look forward to joining this team.”
Carruthers has been president and CEO of the Cimarron Health Plan since 1993. He served as governor of New Mexico from 1987 to 1990 and was a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business at New Mexico State before running for governor.
Carruthers earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at New Mexico State and got his Ph.D. in economics at Iowa State University in 1968. He joined the NMSU faculty in 1968 and remained at the university until 1985, with interruptions for governmental appointments.
He was an assistant U.S. secretary of the interior from 1981 to 1984. During 1974 and 1975 he served as special assistant to the U.S. secretary of agriculture.
From 1976 to 1978 he was director of the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute at NMSU.
He has been president of the New Mexico Association of Health Plans, a member of the New Mexico Education and Accountability Task Force, and co-founder and chairman of the board of the New Mexico Business Roundtable for Educational Excellence. He also is a founding director of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education and a founding board member of Think New Mexico.
Carruthers was selected from a national pool of candidates to head the College of Business Administration and Economics, one of six academic colleges at New Mexico State. The college has an enrollment of more than 2,000 students and has about 70 full-time faculty members in five academic departments.