Updates and Reflections

By Chancellor Dan E. Arvizu | Published November 9, 2018

Over the past week, President Floros and I have continued our efforts to advance NMSU’s strategic initiatives as we engage with important stakeholders across the region. This included a recent trip to Santa Fe to visit with lawmakers and other important players in state government. It also included visiting with the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance; Antonia Novello, the first woman and the first Hispanic U.S. Surgeon General as she attended an event hosted by the BorderPlex Alliance; and with Miriam Rivera, managing director of ULU Ventures regarding bringing capital investments to projects in our region. Additionally, I had an opportunity to congratulate Ammu and Rama Devasthali as they were recognized in Albuquerque for their outstanding volunteer fundraising efforts.

I would be remiss if I didn’t say thank you, to everyone in our NMSU community, for your overwhelming support for General Obligation Bonds B and D. These measures will help our students for years to come by providing $31.2 million in renovation and construction projects in the New Mexico State University system as well as $610,000 for our university libraries.

Turnout for the Nov. 6 election was fantastic and I want to commend our students for their efforts to get out the vote. Thanks to everyone, these bond measures passed with an incredible amount of support. This shows the value voters place on higher education in our state, and we take this responsibility very seriously.

More broadly, I believe our election results on the national level are a reflection of the attitudes of the electorate. It’s no coincidence there were so many close elections all across the country, and even here in our state. We should examine what these results tell us – that not everyone agrees on the direction for our country. As a result, we can expect over the course of the next two years to have a divided federal government. It is a tenant of our democracy to have checks and balances and I am hopeful this will be an opportunity where all sides can work together and we can have honest, constructive discourse regarding the best ways to address issues of our time.

One last note, I was happy to see so many students in attendance during the first Aggie men’s basketball game earlier this week. I hope everyone can attend tonight’s rivalry match-up against UTEP.