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.
Board of Directors
Amanda López Askin
Amanda López Askin is an Aggie! She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Child Science and a Master’s in Family and Consumer Science in majoring in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership & Administration with an emphasis in Social Justice, all at New Mexico State University.
Since 2005, she has worked as a school mental health advocate at the New Mexico Department of Health for the Southwest Region. There, she provides technical assistance, support and training on school mental health issues, including promoting school-based health centers. She also develops and teaches educational topics that include suicide prevention, mental health awareness, self-esteem and bullying prevention. She has more than 15 years of experience working with various school and community organizations supporting school mental health and wellness. In addition to numerous local action, advocacy and charitable organizations, she is highly involved with Action Programs for Animals, where she volunteers, fosters pets and serves as a board member.
Regent López Askin will serve on the Regents’ Audit Committee and be a member of the Board of Directors at Arrowhead Center. She serves a two year term as the student Regent.
New Mexico Economic Development Secretary
Jon Barela is the Secretary for Economic Development. He has served on numerous non-profit boards of directors and committees, and is chairman of several organizations including the Association of Commerce and Industry Board, the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, and New Mexico’s Workforce Development Board. Barela graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. with a bachelor’s degree in history and diplomacy and earned his law degree from Georgetown while working for Congressman Skeen.
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.
Mike Cheney is the Market President of WestStar Bank in Las Cruces. He has worked in the banking industry for more than 25 years in various positions beginning with his first job in the mail room of a local bank in Hobbs, NM and holding positions as a loan officer, branch manager and Regional President in several communities throughout New Mexico. Cheney, who was born and raised in Hobbs, New Mexico, received a bachelor’s degree in finance from NMSU in 1985 and has attended the Western States School of Banking and Norwest College of Credit. Cheney has served as Chairman of the annual United Way Campaign for San Juan County, on the NMSU College of Business Advisory Council, member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the NMSU Board of Regents among many other areas of community involvement. He currently chairs the Regents’ Real Estate Committee and is a member of the statewide ambassadorial group, New Mexico Amigos.
Dr. Garrey Carruthers
President of New Mexico State University
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. Vimal Chaitanya
NMSU Vice President for Research, Graduate Studies, and International Programs
Before becoming the NMSU Vice President for Research in July 2006, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya was the director of the Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC) at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Chaitanya received the University of Central Florida’s Research Achievement Award in 2002 and the UCF Leadership Award in 1999. He is a five-time winner of his academic department’s Researcher of the Year award. He received a doctorate in materials science and engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Dr. Donald Pope-Davis
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.
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.
Dr. Rolando Flores
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Dr. Robert Macy
Dr. Robert Macy is currently serving as the Bill and Sharon Sheriff Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship at New Mexico State University Dr. Macy’s research is largely focused on the strategic management of intellectual capital and the use of knowledge and knowledge workers to facilitate innovation. He has examined the strategic value in the aligning of knowledge worker stocks and flows with the velocity of task environment innovation; the use of interdisciplinary teams and problem-based learning to foster entrepreneurial learning; the role of market driven and market driving strategies to commercialize technology; and corporate social responsibility as an effective business strategy. He has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years and a founder of companies ranging from professional service firms, to tech startups, to pioneering firms in interactive entertainment. As an attorney, Robert’s practice has focused on new ventures and business transactions from initial development through exit. He has represented online companies, small and medium sized enterprises, joint ventures, and worked particularly closely with start-up companies as well as serving as corporate counsel for several non-profits.
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, Sandia 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.
Dr. Enrico Pontelli
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
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.
Angela Throneberry, CPA
NMSU Interim Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance
Angela Throneberry currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance at NMSU. She has served as the Associate Vice President for Administration and Finance. Throneberry has also held the positions of Assistant Vice President for Auxiliary Services, Director of Financial Operations, and Associate Athletic Director/Business Manager. Prior to joining NMSU, Throneberry worked in public accounting with both KPMG Peat Marwick and Arthur Andersen. Throneberry is an NMSU graduate and a Certified Public Accountant.”
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.
Dr. Donna L. Wagner
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.