DATE: May 28, 2019
TO: All NMSU employees
FROM: John Floros, President
SUBJECT: Provost Carol Parker
I am delighted to welcome Carol Parker as New Mexico State University’s new Provost. Until recently, Carol was the Provost at the University of Texas at El Paso, where she still serves as the senior advisor for academic affairs. She will begin her new role at NMSU on July 22, 2019.
I am confident that Carol Parker will be a strong addition to our leadership team at NMSU. She is a proven leader, has extensive experience in academic affairs, and is known as a fair and thoughtful advocate for faculty, staff and students. She is a first-generation college student and has gotten to know the Southwest Borderlands well from her 15 years of experience in New Mexico and West Texas.
She believes NMSU is well placed to provide strategic leadership for the region and the State through promoting student success, growing research and creativity, and extending the university’s long tradition of outreach and service well into the future. She will help us accomplish our strategic goals and fulfill our land-grant/space-grant mission, while serving our diverse student population well.
She has more than two decades of experience as a higher education administrator. She has worked at UTEP since 2017 where she served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. She also worked at the University of New Mexico from 2013-2017 as Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. Previous to that, she was an associate dean and director at the UNM School of Law.
Her administrative experience includes work in the areas of student success, faculty recruitment and development, academic program development and review, accreditation, budget and finance, capital projects and facilities, economic development, fundraising, policy development, compliance and risk management, information technology and data governance, and strategic planning.
She maintains her license to practice law in Michigan and worked as a research attorney at the Michigan Court of Appeals prior to her academic career. She received a J.D. degree in law from the Wayne State University Law School, a master’s degree in information science from The University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Michigan State University’s Honor’s College.
A big thank you to the Search Committee members for a job well done!