Las Crucen Kari Mitchell appointed NMSU Regent

July 27, 2012 by Justin Bannister, NMSU News Center

Earlier today, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Las Cruces businesswoman Kari Mitchell to the New Mexico State University Board of Regents. She is the CEO and owner of Las Cruces Machine, Mfg. & Engineering and serves on the executive committee of the Bridge of Southern New Mexico.

“We are proud to welcome Kari to the Board of Regents,” said Mike Cheney, chair of the NMSU Board of Regents. “New Mexico State University is the state’s only land-grant university and a leader in research, service and education. Kari is a dynamic leader who will be an asset to our university and I’m confident her experience will enhance the effectiveness of the board.”

Mitchell is a member of NMSU’s Town-Gown Commission, which aims to strengthen ties between the university and the community. She is past chair of the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance and was a founding board member of the New Mexico Economic Development Partnership. She holds an MBA from the University of Houston-Clear Lake as well as a bachelor’s in marketing and management from Adams State College.

“I’m honored by this opportunity to serve our community and NMSU in this capacity,” Mitchell said. “I’m humbled by Governor Martinez’s confidence in appointing me; and share her passions regarding educational opportunities in New Mexico. I look forward to working with the distinguished Board of Regents, President Barbara Couture and her leadership team. It will be a pleasure to work alongside these individuals to continue the excellence the university has obtained while ensuring a high return on educational investment through graduate outcomes, and focusing on the employability of our students.”

“On behalf of the students, faculty and staff of NMSU, I’m delighted to welcome Kari Mitchell as our newest Regent,” Couture said. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kari on several local initiatives and have come to appreciate her passion for addressing the educational needs of our community. We are fortunate to have a strong Board of Regents and Kari will be a great addition.”

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