NMSU inauguration to celebrate ‘A New Era of Excellence through Partnership’

June 28, 2010 by Audry Olmsted, NMSU News Center

New Mexico State University’s 25th President Barbara Couture. (NMSU Photo by Darren Phillips)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State University entered a new era when the Board of Regents announced Barbara Couture as the 25th president of the university. Now, the university is carrying on its celebration of change with an inauguration ceremony to honor “A New Era of Excellence through Partnership.”

The inauguration will take place Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. in the Corbett Center Ballrooms and will be held in conjunction with convocation.

Inaugurations are traditionally a time to celebrate new beginnings, as well as remember traditions of the past.

“The inauguration of Dr. Barbara Couture as the 25th president of NMSU will symbolize a new era for the university,” said Regents Chair Isaac Pino. “It will firmly establish a stable and continuous administration on which students, faculty and administrative staff can rely for the long term. Having selected a woman to serve as president of the university, the Board of Regents has demonstrated a continuing commitment to diversity. This inauguration will be a celebration of a new future for NMSU in which all can participate.”

Faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend the free induction and convocation ceremonies when the new president will share her vision for the university’s future.

Couture plans to focus her attention as president on undergraduate education and the research agenda. She would like to build positive relationships with communities throughout New Mexico and partner to increase statewide economic development. Couture also plans to focus on NMSU’s role as an international university, building New Mexico’s presence in a global society and economy.

Many events during the week of inauguration are being held in conjunction with academic and student events already planned in an effort to use the occasion to highlight the university’s commitment to faculty, staff and student excellence. Events are being paid for through sponsorships and private funds.

Before being appointed as president of NMSU, Couture was the senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also served as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Washington State University in Pullman. Couture earned her bachelor’s degree with high distinction from the University of Michigan where she also earned a master’s and doctoral degree in English language and literature.

For more information on the inauguration, call Jolie Tixier, director of Presidential Events, at 575-646-7737 or jolie@nmsu.edu.

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