About the President

Garrey Carruthers first set foot on the NMSU campus more than 50 years ago as a student interested in studying dairy production. Today, he is the first NMSU graduate to lead the university as president.

  • Raised in Aztec, N.M.
  • Earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture and a master’s in agricultural economics from NMSU
  • Received a Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University
  • Joined the NMSU faculty in 1968 in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business
  • Served as a White House fellow assigned to the Secretary of Agriculture and as the assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Elected governor of New Mexico in 1987
  • Helped create Cimarron Health Plan in 1993 and served as president and CEO
  • Became dean of the NMSU College of Business in 2003, also serving as the university’s vice president for economic development and director of the Pete V. Domenici Institute
  • In 2013 he became the 27th president of New Mexico State University

He and his wife, Kathy, have been married for more than 53 years. They have three children and six grandchildren.