Mentoring: NMSU President Garrey Carruthers speaks with COB Ambassadors

April 15, 2015, by Steven Romero, Development Officer, via email

NMSU President Garrey Carruthers spoke with the Ambassadors in the Business Complex on Wednesday morning, April 15. Carruthers has a long and storied career serving the state of New Mexico in multiple capacities.

NMSU President Garrey Carruthers speaks with COB Ambassadors on April 15, 2015. (Photo by Steven Romero)

NMSU President Garrey Carruthers speaks with COB Ambassadors on April 15, 2015. (Photo by Steven Romero)

Born and raised in Aztec, New Mexico, Carruthers grew up in an agricultural environment. He came to NMSU to study dairy production and received a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, and a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics. He went on to complete his Ph.D. in Economics at Iowa State University.

He joined the faculty of NMSU in 1968 –- back when Business was a department in the Arts and Sciences College. Shortly after, he served as a White House Fellow from 1974 to 1975 and then acting director of the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute from 1975 to 1978.

He served as assistant Secretary of Interior for land and resources from 1981 to 1984.

Carruthers was elected the 27th Governor of New Mexico in 1986 and served until 1991.

He was the president and CEO of the Cimmaron Health Plan from 1993 until 2003 when he was named Dean of the College of Business at NMSU. In 2013, he became NMSU’s 27th president, the first Aggie to lead the institution.

Working hard, being focused, and leading a balanced life are a few of the pieces of advice that Carruthers offered to the Ambassadors.

He advised students who were considering going into public life to understand that it can be very challenging on the family and that learning how to balance personal and public life is the key to success.

Carruthers advised the Ambassadors to establish life and work principles because once that is done, decision making is easy. Faith and ethics are some of the guiding principles that he has relied upon throughout his life.

He also advised the students to lead each day with courage and that it’s very important not to take themselves too seriously.


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