Board of Directors
Dr. Kevin Boberg
Vice President for Economic Development
Dr. Kevin Boberg earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and business administration, a master’s degree in industrial administrative sciences at Iowa State University, and his doctorate in business logistics at Pennsylvania State University. He has been the director and/or assistant director of the Center for Economic Development Research and Assistance (funded by the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce) and the International Business Facilitation Center.
NMSU Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance
Burke served in various positions at DACC for 30 years before retiring in 2014. Burke served longest as DACC’s vice president for business and finance where he was administratively responsible for not only business and finance but also facilities, information technology and human resources. He also served twice as that campus’s interim president and chief executive officer. During his last year at DACC as interim president, the college completed a self-study report for the Higher Learning Commission comprehensive site visit and subsequent institutional accreditation.
Dr. Garrey Carruthers
Dr. Garrey Carruthers is the current President of New Mexico State University. He has extensive experience in both the public and private sector. In his public life, Carruthers served as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, was an Assistant U.S. Secretary of the Interior, and served as Governor of New Mexico. In business, he was the President and CEO of the Cimarron Health Plan for over a decade. Carruthers earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at NMSU and received his doctorate in economics at Iowa State University in 1968.
Dr. Donald Pope-Davis
NMSU Dean, Education
Dr. Donald Pope-Davis is the Dean in the College of Education at NMSU. Recently ranked 3rd in the country as one of the top research contributors in his area of specialization, Dr. Pope-Davis’ work has focused on cultural competencies, racial and cultural identity development, and equity in higher education. He has coauthored three books, and has published extensively in his field of study. The American Psychological Association has acknowledged his scholarly contributions by awarding him the distinction of Fellow in the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race, and in the Society of Counseling Psychology. More recently, Dean Pope-Davis has served on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Committee on Academic Certification, and he has held positions of Trustee and Regent for two universities. He is currently on the Advanced Placement Higher Education Advisory Council on the College Board. Dean Pope-Davis has been a faculty member and served in high-level leadership positions at the University of Notre Dame and DePaul University. Early in his career he was a faculty member at the University of Iowa and the University of Maryland, College Park. He earned his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the College of Education at Stanford University.
NMSU General Counsel (Non-voting)
Lizbeth Ellis was named as the university’s new general counsel. She has been a professor of business law at NMSU since 1989. In 2004, she became head of the Department of Finance in NMSU’s College of Business. In 2013, she was named the college’s interim associate dean for academics.
Ellis is a member of the New Mexico Bar Association and has been licensed to practice law in New Mexico since 1984. She earned her law degree from Arizona State University, graduating magna cum laude. She also has a bachelor’s in business administration from New Mexico State University.
Dr. Rolando Flores
NMSU Dean, Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences
Dr. Rolando Flores is the Dean and Chief Administrative Officer for the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University. Dean Flores holds a doctorate in Grain Science and Industry with specialization in international trade from Kansas State University, a master’s degree in agricultural engineering from Iowa State University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Universidad de Costa Rica. Flores served as faculty at Iowa State University and Kansas State University where he taught food processing courses and conducted research. He has also worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service in process risk modeling and has served as administration director for the National Production Bureau of Costa Rica Dean. Flores’ research focuses on optimizing water use in food processing operations, developing new uses for grains and other agricultural products and their by-products. He has over 85 scientific publications, 150 technical presentations and has obtained over $2.5 million for his research program while at Iowa State University and Kansas State University. Prior to coming to NMSU, Dean Flores was Professor and Department Head for the Department of Food Science and Technology; and Director of The Food Processing Center, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Economic Development Department
Matt Geisel was appointed Cabinet Secretary by Governor Susana Martinez in October 2016.
Prior to serving as Cabinet Secretary, Matt served in various leadership roles with the City of Rio Rancho, most recently as Economic Development & Business Relations Manager.
Matt has had a diverse career, serving in both the private and public sectors. Matt held management sales and marketing positions with Pulte Homes and the Ford Motor Company. Matt also served a Country Manager for the Fritz Companies, overseeing operations in Mexico. He holds a Bachelor in Economics and Spanish from The University of California, Davis, and he holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.
He has also served on the Board of the New Mexico Partnership, the state-wide Economic Development Organization, charged with the marketing and attraction of New Mexico to economic based job creators.
Matt is a California native. He speaks fluent Spanish having lived in Latin America for eight years.
Director and Chief Executive Officer
Kathryn Hansen, Arrowhead Center’s Director and Chief Executive Officer, has extensive experience in management of programs and in business and technology development. She has managed large technology development contracts for both the private and public sector. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Texas at El Paso. She has served NMSU for over 25 years in several positions, including Co-Director of the Aerospace and Autonomous Systems Laboratory and Business Development Director for the Physical Science Laboratory. Kathy’s latest hobby is running – during this last year she ran the 10K at Leadville and the ½ marathon at Disneyworld.
NMSU Board of Regents
Currently Mrs. Hicks serves as President Elect of American Council of Engineering Companies New Mexico; President of Lea County Community Improvement Corporation; Director at Large of the Executive Committee for Carlsbad Department of Development and Secretary for University of the Southwest Board of Trustees. Additional directorships include Leadership New Mexico; Eagle Trust Foundation; and NMSU Academy of Civil, Agricultural and Geological Engineering. Mrs. Hicks served on the Board of Regents for New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology from 2013-2014, NMSU Presidential Search Committee in 2013, New Mexico State Transportation Commission from 2011-2012, and the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission from 2005-2006. As a part of her professional activities, Debra has served as Director and President for the New Mexico Engineering Foundation, Section Chair and Director for the American Council of Independent Laboratories, President for the Southeastern Chapter of the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers, New Mexico MATHCOUNTS Coordinator, and Public Relations Committee Member for the National Society of Professional Engineers.
NMSU Dean, Business
Jim Hoffman earned his bachelor of science degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he focused on business strategy and operations management. His research interests also include entrepreneurship, family business, value creation and assessment and health organization management.
He taught courses in strategy, management, leadership and information systems for 15 years at Texas Tech, eventually serving as associate dean for MBA Programs and Executive Education. Prior to his time at Texas Tech, he taught at Florida State University.
Jim was a professor and former associate dean in the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University prior to becoming the NMSU College of Business Dean.
Dr. Daniel Howard
NMSU Provost and Executive Vice President
Dr. Daniel Howard has been New Mexico State University’s Executive Vice President and Provost since August of 2013. He is the chief academic officer of NMSU, and the Provost’s office is dedicated to all aspects of instruction, student success, research, extension education, and public service. As the Provost, Dr. Howard directs efforts critical to the strategic interests of NMSU and its land grant mission. The academic success of NMSU students continues to be a top priority, and the Office of the Provost supports their success through efforts such as Student Success Navigators, Discovery Days, and the Aggie Pathway to the Baccalaureate.
Dr. Howard started his career at NMSU as an Assistant Professor of Biology in 1988. A distinguished member of the faculty, he earned recognition as a Regents Professor and served as Head of the Department of Biology. Under his leadership, the Biology Department’s home in Foster Hall was renovated and expanded, and the department secured the first Howard Hughes Medical Institute Improvement of Undergraduate Science Education grant at NMSU. Before becoming Provost, Dr. Howard spent five years at the University of Colorado Denver as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Enrico Pontelli
NMSU Dean, Arts and Sciences
Dr. Enrico Pontelli received his Laurea degree in Computer Science from the University of Udine (Italy), an MS in Computer Science from the University of Houston and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from New Mexico State University. He joined the faculty of NMSU in 1997, receiving tenure in 2002 and promotion to Full Professor in 2005. He was recognized as Distinguished Achievement Professor in 2012 and appointed Regents Professor in 2014. He served NMSU as the Head of the Computer Science Department from 2009 to 2014, as an Associate Dean from 2014 to 2016 and he is currently the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. His research interests are in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (specifically knowledge representation and reasoning), logic and constraint programming, high performance computing, bioinformatics and assistive technologies. He has also embraced challenges related to computer science education research with particular emphasis on broadening participation in computing for students from traditionally underrepresented groups. He has published over 250 peer reviewed publications and he has secured close to $14M in research funding. Some of the recognitions received include best paper awards at several international venues (e.g., Conference on Computers Usability, International Conference on Logic Programming, and Frontiers in Education), an NSF Career award and the NMSU Donald Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching. He serves on the editorial boards of several international journals, he is the Editor in Chief of the quarterly newsletter of the international Association for Logic Programming, and he is the founder and director of the NMSU Center for Research Excellence in Smartgrids Technologies. Dr. Pontelli has served as advisor for over 40 master’s students and he graduated 14 doctoral students.
Dr. Lakshmi Reddi
NMSU Dean, Engineering
Dr. Lakshmi Reddi, Dean of the College of Engineering, has over 25 years of academic experience as an educator and researcher in interdisciplinary themes related to civil and environmental engineering. He has secured extramural funding of $15 million from sponsors at all levels—federal (NSF, NASA, FHWA, EPA) and state agencies, regional centers, and local industries. His funded activities include basic and applied research, tech transfer and outreach, integrated research and education, and interdisciplinary research spanning numerous disciplines within and outside engineering. Dr. Reddi has received recognitions not only for his academic accomplishments (teaching, research, advising/mentoring, service) but also for his administrative skills. Dr. Reddi’s administrative experience includes serving as department head/chair at two research-intensive universities—Kansas State University and University of Central Florida. Prior to joining New Mexico State University, he served as the Dean of the University Graduate School at Florida International University (FIU). Dr. Reddi received his bachelor of technology in civil engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in India, and an MS and PhD in civil engineering from The Ohio State University.
Interim NMSU Vice President for Research
Vázquez is currently serving as associate vice president for research integrity in the office of the vice president for research. He has held the position since 2011. A researcher in his own right, Vázquez as co-PI was recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to work with underrepresented engineering students in enhancing academic success. He was also invited to serve as a panel reviewer for the NSF.
Student Regent NMSU Board of Regents
As a native El Pasoan, Margie Vela grew up on the northeast side of town. As a first-generation college graduate, she holds a bachelor of science in business marketing and a master’s of business administration from the University of Phoenix. She will receive her doctoral degree in Water Science and Management from New Mexico State University in May 2019.
As a graduate student at NMSU, Regent Vela has been presented and pursued many great opportunities. As such, she is currently a Scholar for the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement, funded by the National Institutes of Health. She has also served as a summer scholar and intern for the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. She is a Hispanic National Internship Program Fellow, and an alumnus of the Domenici Public Policy Scholar Program. Margie is a member of the MIT-Harvard-Tufts Water Diplomacy Network along with water diplomats from all over the world. Additionally, Vela was awarded the Best Graduate Student Presentation for her research at the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science at the 2017 National Annual Conference. She has also been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus for the University of Phoenix, and will deliver the commencement keynote and receive the award in December 2017.
She was recently appointed as Student Regent for the New Mexico State University Board of Regents by Governor Susana Martinez, and began her service to NMSU and the State of New Mexico in August 2017. In her role as Student Regent, Margie provides fiduciary oversight and management for the University from the student perspective. She advocates for students through and works to improve the student experience and success at NMSU.
Dr. Donna L. Wagner
NMSU Dean, Health and Social Services
Dr. Donna L. Wagner is the Dean in the College of Health and Social Services at NMSU and a professor of Social Work. Prior to coming to NMSU in 2011, she was a professor of gerontology and Founding Director of the academic gerontology programs and the Center for Productive Aging at Towson University in Maryland. Before developing the gerontology programs and research center at Towson she was the Vice-President for Research and Development of the National Council on the Aging in Washington, DC. Dr. Wagner’s research is in the area of family caregiving, the intersection of work and family, community residing elders, and the oldest old. Dr. Wagner is the co-author of the textbook “The Aging Networks: A Guide to Program and Services” currently in its 8th edition (2015, Springer Publishing). She is the President of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, the Treasurer of the National Alliance for Caregiving, President Emeritus of the Older Women’s League and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education. Dr. Wagner is a Fellow of the Gerontological Social of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. She currently serves on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Family Caregiving for Older Adults.
President and CEO, Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance
Prior to coming to Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance in February, 2009, Davin Lopez served as Vice President of the New Mexico Partnership, joining the Partnership at its inception in 2003. Lopez spent five years in corporate real estate with General Growth Properties and the Macerich Company, where he held roles as Director of New Business Development and Strategic Planning. He also spent two years in private business, consulting and advising smaller, high-growth companies. Lopez holds a master’s degree from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego, and is also a licensed real estate Broker in New Mexico.
James C. Manatt, Jr.
President, Providence Technologies
James C. Manatt Jr., a former Regent of NMSU, is the President/CEO and founder of Providence Technologies Inc., a consulting firm in energy development projects. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from NMSU. He has held many positions ranging from founding director of the Mesilla Valley Bank to President of Sierra Oil & Gas Inc.
Jackie Kerby Moore
Executive Director, Sanida Science & Technology Park
Jackie Kerby Moore has been the Executive Director of the Sandia Science & Technology Park since its inception in 1998. This 250-acre technology community is affiliated with Sandia National Laboratories. The Park serves as home for more than 30 organizations employing over 2000 people, and total investment in the Park exceeds $336 million. The Park received the Outstanding Research Park of the Year Award from the Association of University Research Parks in 2008. Jackie has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from NMSU and a master’s degree from New Mexico Highlands University.
Senior Managing Director of Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructurea, S.A.
Mr. Trujillo is a native New Mexican who earned his Juris Doctor degree in law from the University of California, Davis; an M.S. in Applied Economics from Purdue University; and a B.S. in Agricultural Economics and Business from New Mexico State University. He also completed the Harvard University Business School’s Corporate Governance Program. Mr. Trujillo is currently the Senior Managing Director of Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura, S.A., or CIFI, a specialized firm that provides financing and advisory services to private sector infrastructure companies and projects throughout the Latin American and Caribbean region.
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