TO: NMSU Faculty and Staff –
I continue to be impressed with New Mexico State University. Everywhere I turn, I find excellent faculty and staff members as well as very bright and engaged students. Their optimism and positivity give me great hope for NMSU’s potential and only reinforces my commitment to this university. I wanted to use this week’s communication to share some thoughts and provide a few updates for everyone.
First, as we move forward, Chancellor Arvizu and I will begin working to give more autonomy to our unit leaders across the university. While we will continue to seek efficiency and effectiveness in all of our services, we want to move away from decisions being made centrally, and transfer many of those responsibilities to the various units. We believe those who are closest to a situation tend to be the ones most capable of finding the solution.
As the Chancellor and I have mentioned, we also want to make NMSU into a more student-centric university. Students should be at the heart of everything we do. This all begins with our student recruitment efforts. As we increase the number of students enrolling at NMSU, we must then ensure we retain these students. From there, we must make sure we are graduating our students, and helping them find careers after college.
We must also improve our research portfolio. Our mission as a land-grant institution is to provide education, research and outreach to the people of New Mexico. Increasing our research operation allows us to attract the very best faculty members from around the world, which then benefits our students and the education we provide. It also allows us to transfer that knowledge through our Cooperative Extension Service and other outreach programs throughout the university to improve the lives of the people in our state.
Earlier this week, I met with a group of 4-H students. This program is housed in our College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and it really encapsulates what this university is all about – educating youth to be productive citizens. We should be proud of the young leaders this university is working to create each day. The future will be in good hands.
Thank you and have a great weekend.