Next steps for NMSU’s academic mission

By John D. Floros | Published July 27, 2018

TO: NMSU Faculty and Staff -

The summer seems to be flying by and the semester will be starting in just a few weeks. As we approach the start of classes, now is a good time to share some news about NMSU’s academic mission. The importance of this mission to the NMSU community has been evident in the many questions I have received about the future of the Provost’s Office.

During the fall semester, we will begin a national search for our next provost. As we search for a new provost, I will appoint an interim to serve in this position. I am asking members of the NMSU community to send me nominations for this interim appointment. Please include a brief statement about why your nominee would be a good choice as an interim provost. I also am interested in hearing from the NMSU community what qualities and skills you think we need in a new provost. Please send your nominations and thoughts to I am eager to read your recommendations, insights and ideas, and I plan to make this interim appointment in September.

Until an interim provost is in place, I will serve as your provost. This will ensure that the Provost’s Office continues to run smoothly. Current Provost Dan Howard will retire from NMSU effective August 1, and I thank him for his 25 years of service to NMSU and his assistance during the transition.

I had an opportunity to meet with the deans this week to discuss two topics that are integral to our academic success: budgets for the colleges and the hiring of new faculty. Chancellor Arvizu and I are seeking to empower the colleges by giving them both increased autonomy and accountability. As we define our strategic priorities, we recognize the need for colleges to determine how they can shape their future directions to best meet those priorities. Faculty hires are critical in setting this direction; every faculty member affects our potential to achieve our strategic priorities regarding academic success, the NMSU experience, and research and creative activities.

The pace of these academic activities will quickly ramp up as we start the new semester, which starts with Convocation on Tuesday, August 14. The program will start at 9 a.m in the Atkinson Recital Hall, and coffee and refreshments will be available after 8:15 in the lobby of the Music Building. This event is a great opportunity to recognize outstanding faculty and to celebrate the excitement that comes with the beginning of a new semester. Please join us — I hope to meet many of you there.