Organizing to Shape the Future

By John D. Floros | Published August 24, 2018

TO: NMSU Faculty and Staff -

At last week’s forum, Chancellor Arvizu and I began a public discussion about how we view the distinction between the roles of Chancellor and President. We take seriously the tenet that both of our offices must add value to the NMSU system, and the organization unveiled last week reflects that. As the result of lengthy discussions with NMSU faculty and staff, the structure we proposed is aimed at addressing three mission-centered strategic objectives:

  • Improve student success
  • Elevate research and creativity
  • Amplify outreach and economic development

The vision for the Office of the Chancellor is one focused on outreach, economic development, and matters relevant to New Mexico State University as a system. Chancellor Arvizu will be the primary contact for external stakeholders such as elected officials, government agencies, and corporations. His office will also promote system-wide efforts that relate to our strategic objectives.

The Office of the President will concentrate primarily on efforts related to academics, research and creativity on the University campus. In coordination with community colleges, we will also focus on all matters relating to student success. The role of the Provost will be prominent in this organization as the Chief Academic Officer. We will also rely on the skills and experience of Dr. Renay Scott, who is currently serving as the President of NMSU-Doña Ana Community College. She will take on the role of Vice President of Student Success, and she has been charged with aligning, at every stage in our students’ journey, student success efforts across the system. In addition, because of the synergy that exists among research, graduate education, and economic development, we have asked Vice President Luis Cifuentes to integrate these areas to greater benefit the university.

Dr. Scott and Dr. Cifuentes will both build on the dedication of their respective predecessors. I thank Vice President Bernadette Montoya for her many years of service to NMSU. Likewise, I thank Dr. Loui Reyes for his work as Dean of the Graduate School and wish him all the best as he returns to faculty in the College of Education.

It is important that we continue to serve our community as we re-organize our internal affairs. Aggie Athletics provides a prominent touchpoint between NMSU and our local community, and our community really supported us last Friday at Aggies in Paradise, an annual fundraising event hosted by the Aggie Athletic Club. This year’s event exceeded last year’s attendance and fundraising by impressive amounts! Football season ticket sales are already greater than the total for last year, and I remind all faculty and staff that you can purchase up to six tickets for any athletics event at a 50% discount. Attending the games is a great way to show our student athletes and the Pride Band that we support them on the field as well as in their studies.

One final reminder: our first football game of the season will be played this Saturday at Aggie Memorial Stadium against the University of Wyoming Cowboys. Kickoff is at 8:00 pm because the game will be televised on ESPN2. I hope to see you all at the game to cheer on our students.


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