May 14, 2014 by Amanda Bradford, NMSU News Center
New Mexico State University has selected James Hoffman, a professor and former associate dean in the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University, as the next dean of the College of Business.
“I am delighted that Dr. Hoffman will be joining the NMSU team to lead the College of Business,” said NMSU Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard. “He has strong academic credentials, a background in mediation, and a history of planning and initiating innovative degree programs. I am confident that he will continue the tradition of excellent leadership in the College of Business exemplified by former Dean Garrey Carruthers and Interim Dean Kathy Brook.”
Carruthers served as dean of the college from 2003 until he was named NMSU’s 27th president last May.
“There is nowhere I would rather be the dean than the NMSU College of Business,” Hoffman said. “I love New Mexico and feel that I’ll be in an excellent position as dean to create value, not only for the students in the College of Business, but for all the students at the university. I have the ultimate respect for the institution and I’m honored to be a part of it.”
He taught courses in strategy, management, leadership and information systems for 15 years at Texas Tech, eventually serving as associate dean for MBA Programs and Executive Education. Prior to his time at Texas Tech, he taught at Florida State University.
Hoffman earned his bachelor of science degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he focused on business strategy and operations management. His research interests also include entrepreneurship, family business, value creation and assessment and health organization management.
He and his family have traveled extensively in New Mexico and own property in Los Alamos and Ruidoso. Hoffman said he’s always felt a strong connection with the state, and he’s thrilled to make his home here.
He and his wife, Jayne, have been married for 25 years and have two sons – Jason, 18, and Tyler, 13 – and a daughter, Keeva, 9.
Hoffman will begin his duties at NMSU on July 1. His salary will be $225,000 per year.