The NMSU President is the university’s chief executive officer and responsible for oversight of the entire NMSU System.

About Dr. Mónica Torres

Interim President Mónica Torres (she/her/hers) earned her Bachelor’s (1982) and Master’s (1984) degrees in English from New Mexico State University before attaining her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico (2002). Torres has worked in higher education for almost forty years beginning in 1982 as a composition instructor. Since then, she has been a faculty member and/or academic administrator at four universities and three community colleges in New Mexico, Minnesota, and Illinois. Dr. Mónica Torres has been at Doña Ana Community College for eleven years—first, as vice-president for academic affairs and, since 2018, as president.

Torres has engaged in community service throughout her career. That work has included serving on the founding boards of the Mesilla Valley Film Society, La Piñon, and Ngage New Mexico. She currently serves on nine boards and commissions including the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, The Bridge of Southern New Mexico, MVEDA, and the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine.