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Ex-Officio Directors


Dr. Dan Arvizu

NMSU Chancellor and Chief Executive

Dr. Dan Arvizu became Chancellor and the 28th Chief Executive of the New Mexico State University System (NMSU) on June 1, 2018. NMSU is New Mexico’s land-grant institution founded in 1888 and is presently one of the nation’s foremost Hispanic-serving universities. NMSU is a NASA Space Grant College and is home to the very first Honors College in New Mexico. Dr. Arvin is the second alumnus and first Hispanic to be hired as the NMSU System Chancellor and Chief Executive. He previously served in various roles at Emerson Collective including Chief Technology Officer, STEM Evangelist, and Senior Advisor. He also currently serves as a Venture Partner for Sustainability for Ridge-Lane Partners, Ltd. and as a Precourt Institute Energy Scholar at Stanford University.

Dr. Arvizu has had a long distinguished career in advanced energy research and development, materials and process sciences, and technology commercialization. He started his career in 1973 at Bell Labs, and after four years transferred to Sandia National Labs, where he spent the next 21 years, 14 years in executive roles.  In 1998 he joined CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd for 6 years, his last two years as a CTO. In January of 2005 he was appointed the 8th Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado and became the first Hispanic Lab Director in the history of any of the 17 U.S. DOE’s National Labs. He retired in December of 2015, and is presently Director Emeritus.


Neal Bitsie

NMSU Board of Regents, Student Regent

Neal Bitsie is a fourth-year student at New Mexico State University, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics with a supplemental major in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Aerospace Engineering. He expects to graduate from NMSU in 2022. During his time at NMSU, Bitsie has served as the chief elections officer for the Associated Students of NMSU and helped implement ASNMSU’s first fully online election. He also served as an ASNMSU Supreme Court associated justice.

Bitsie is an active member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Atomic Aggies, NMSU Rotaract Club, ASNMSU, Engineering Student Council, Aggies Without Limits, Hall Council and other campus clubs and organizations. He participated in the Rotaract Club’s spring 2019 Guadaloupe Mexico orphanage project. In 2017, Bitsie earned the Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts of America. That same year, he was recognized for his efforts to improve the lives of shelter animals. He was part of a project that built more than 100 dog beds, increased adoption rates by 10 percent and improved the water quality of several shelters.

Bitsie is the 15th person in his family to attend New Mexico State University. He is honored to proudly represent NMSU on the Board of Regents. Bitsie encourages all aggies to become involved in the NMSU community and is ready to support any student through there collegiate carrier. He passionately believes that far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. Throughout his role as Student Regent, he will contribute to the continuation of excellence at NMSU.


Dr. Dorothy Campbell

Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Dorothy I. Campbell  served as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs at Texas A&M University, where she managed staff in a diversity initiative to secure the commitment of chief academic officers to follow through with annual diversity reporting. She has served as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences dean at Frostburg State University and Nevada State College, where she led faculty through a major reorganization involving the merging and creation of new departments. She earned a bachelor’s degree in speech education from Southeast Missouri State University, a master’s degree in speech communication from Central Missouri State University, and a Ph.D. in education with an emphasis in speech from the Ohio State University.


Dr. Luis Cifuentes

NMSU Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School

From 2012-2017, Cifuentes was vice president for Research, Commercialization and Outreach at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (TAMUCC). Before moving to New Mexico State University in July 2018, he served as special assistant to the president.

At TAMUCC, Cifuentes oversaw increases in sponsored research and led the drive to have the university designated as one of the national FAA test sites. His research background is in oceanography and he has been a leader on research grants totaling more than $5 million. In addition to administration, he has been active in research with over $5.5 million in grant moneys awarded.  Most recently, he served as PI on an NSF research coordination network project that built a network in South Texas, which includes eight Texas universities (five HSIs) and the Southwest Research Institute, and has organized international conferences in Scotland and Mexico. Prior to serving at TAMUCC, Cifuentes was on the faculty of Texas A&M University College Station (TAMU),where he rose from assistant professor to professor in the Department of Oceanography.He also served as executive associate dean and associate dean for research in the College of Geosciences at TAMU.

Cifuentes has a bachelor’s with honors in chemistry from Swarthmore College as well as a master’s in marine studies and a Ph.D. in oceanography, both from the University of Delaware.


Roy Collins III

NMSU Chief Legal Affairs Officer

Collins is a native of Galveston, Texas. He worked at the University of Hartford since 2010, focusing on compliance and enterprise risk management, intellectual property, commercial contracts and transactions and other areas. He previously served as associate general counsel at Idaho State University and assistant general counsel at Texas Southern University. He also served as commercial counsel for Chrysler Corporation and had his own private law practice.

Collins has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Southern University, a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and a Master of Laws degree in intellectual property from the John Marshall Law School. He also has more than seven years of experience as an engineer, primarily in the aerospace industry.


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.


Kathryn Hansen

Director and Chief Executive Officer, Arrowhead Center, Inc.

Kathryn Hansen, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Arrowhead Center, Inc., 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 half- marathon at Disneyworld.


Dr. Eileen Hogan

NMSU Interim Dean, College of Business

Dr. Eileen Hogan was named Interim Dean in the College of Business at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, October 18, 2021. Prior to accepting the Interim Dean position, Dr. Hogan’s career in higher education has spanned more than four decades and included teaching and publishing at several business colleges throughout the United States. From July 2017 to May 2018, Dr. Hogan served as the Interim Dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences at Black Hills State University. She also served as the Interim Dean of the W.A. Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University from July 2019 to May 2020. Dr. Hogan has a Ph.D. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, where she also earned an MBA and a bachelor’s degree.


Yoshitaka Iwasaki

NMSU Dean, Health, Education, and Social Transformation

Yoshitaka Iwasaki was named Dean of the Health, Education, and Social Transformation College. His appointment will begin July 1, 2022. He has served as a professor and department chair of the Department of Public Health and Recreation at San Jose State University. Before joining San Jose State University, Iwasaki served as a professor, associate dean for research and director of a research center at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension from 2011 to 2018. He also worked as a professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Health Professions and Social Work at Temple University in Philadelphia from 2006 to 2011. His areas of interest and expertise include culture, diversity and community-university engagement, active living and quality of life. He also specializes in participatory action research to address social justice issues such as human rights, poverty, empowerment, youth engagement, mental health, and social change. In 2008, he was inducted into the Academy of Leisure Sciences. In 2017, he received the inaugural McKinnon Walker Trust Global Fellowship from the University of Wollongong in Australia. He received a Ph.D. in recreation and leisure studies from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.


Alicia J. Keyes

Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Economic Development Department

Prior to joining Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s cabinet, Alicia J. Keyes was the Director of the Albuquerque Film, Television and Media Office under Mayor Tim Keller. During her time with Keller’s administration, Keyes was instrumental in initiating and closing the recent deal with Netflix in which the company purchased ABQ Studios and committed to spend $1 billion in production.

Before her time with the City of Albuquerque, Keyes was the Executive Director of Worldwide Acquisitions and Co-production for the Walt Disney Company. She was responsible for the acquisition of theatrical motion pictures for distribution including domestic and international rights. Keyes began in the entertainment business working for Joel Fields and Len Hill developing television movies.

Keyes grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated from the Albuquerque Academy in 1993 and then received her bachelor’s degree at Claremont McKenna College in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She adopted twin boys, Charles and Alexander Touche, who followed in their mother’s footsteps and graduated from the Academy in 2017. They now attend Cornell and Penn.


Dr. Henrietta Williams Pichon

NMSU Interim Dean, College of Health, Education, and Social Transformation

Dr. Henrietta Williams Pichon was named Interim Dean in the College of Education at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, September 1, 2020. She was named the Interim Dean of the newly formed College of Health, Education, and Social Transformation effective July 1, 2021. Prior to accepting the Interim Dean position, Dr. Pichon held the position of Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Education from August 2018 to August 2020. Before that, she was a faculty member in the Educational Leadership and Administration unit since August 2013, which is now housed in the School of Teacher Preparation, Administration, and Leadership. Dr. Pichon has worked in academia since January 1994. She has experience as a student retention administrator, faculty member, program coordinator, and college administrator. She earned a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. in secondary English education from Louisiana Tech University.  She earned a Ph.D. in education administration (higher education) from the University of New Orleans.

Dr. Pichon began her career in higher education as a retention counselor at the University of New Orleans and worked her way up the ranks to become the director of several retention programs: special admission, Summer Bridge, and academically suspended students. In 2005, Dr. Pichon joined the faculty ranks at Rowan University teaching in the Educational Leadership doctoral degree program where she taught research tool courses as well as courses within the higher education master’s degree program. She joined the faculty at Northwestern State University in 2007 where she earned the rank of Associate Professor in 2012 and recommended for tenure in 2013 prior to leaving. In 2013, she joined the faculty at New Mexico State University.  As a student retention administrator and faculty member, her research, administrative, and teaching interests have always centered around access, development, and persistence of historically underserved persons in higher education to include students, faculty, and staff.


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 $14 million 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.


Arsenio Romero

NMSU Board of Regents

Arsenio Romero currently serves as superintendent at Los Lunas Schools and was previously superintendent and CEO of Deming Public Schools from 2017–2020. He was assistant superintendent for instruction and turnaround for the Roswell Independent School District from 2015-2017. Since 2013, he has been a lead performance coach/executive coach for the New Mexico Public Education Department. He has also served as an elementary teacher, a principal, and as an adjunct professor. In July 2021, Romero received the Administrator of the Year award from the New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders. Romero is also Turnaround Leader for Principals Pursuing Excellence. In addition, he was appointed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to serve on New Mexico’s Central Racial Equity Committee in 2020. Romero has a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and a Ph.D. in educational management and development, both from NMSU. He also has a master’s degree in educational administration and leadership from the University of New Mexico.


Eric L. Sanchez

NMSU Director, Physical Science Lab

BG(R) Sanchez officially retired from the Army on November 30, 2018.  He assumed his duties as the Deputy Director, Physical Science Laboratory, NMSU in October 2019 and was announced as the Director on June 16, 2020.

He began his career as an enlisted Soldier in the New Mexico Army National Guard.  He is a 1987 Distinguished Military Graduate of New Mexico State University ROTC. 

BG(R) Eric L. Sanchez assumed command of White Sands Missile Range on 25 August 2016 and relinquished command on 10 August 2018.  He additionally served as Commanding General, 94thArmy Air and Missile Defense Command, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. 

Additional Command assignments include: Battery Commander, D/2-43 ADA, Fort Polk Louisiana and Operation Southern Watch (Southwest Asia); Battalion Commander 1-7 ADA Battalion, Fort Bliss Texas and the Republic of Korea; Brigade Commander, 35thADA Brigade, Osan Airbase, Republic of Korea.  He additionally held numerous staff level positions.

His military education includes the Air Defense Artillery Basic and Advance Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, and the Naval War College. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education from New Mexico State University, and Masters of Science degrees from Central Michigan University, and the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. 

Non-Position Directors


Davin Lopez

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. (Jim) Manatt Jr. is a former President, NMSU Board of Regents, is Chairman/CEO of Thrust Energy, Inc, Roswell, NM. His energy companies conduct exploration for oil and gas. He is the co-inventor and owner of US Patent 8,077,547, “Directed Beam Seismic©,” an advanced applied field method and apparatus for geophysical exploration. His companies have conducted computational/geophysical R&D with both Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, and have worked under contract with Gas Research Institute for advanced technology commercialization in the energy field.  He is an NMSU Distinguished Alumnus and Distinguished Military Graduate having graduated with a bachelor’s degree in university studies with an emphasis on business and marketing. Arrowhead Center was conceived and developed as a result of his leadership and advocacy while an NMSU Regent.


Jackie Kerby Moore

Executive Director, Sandia Science and Technology Park (Retired)

Jackie Kerby Moore recently retired from Sandia National Laboratories after 35 years, where she was serving as Manager of Technology and Economic Development. In this role, she led several results-oriented technology transfer programs for the Labs, including New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA), Entrepreneurial Separation to Transfer Technology (ESTT), Sandia Science and Technology Park (SS&TP), and the Center for Collaboration and Commercialization (C3) located in downtown Albuquerque. During the 2020 NM State Legislature, Jackie successfully lobbied for a new Technology Maturation tax credit program for Sandia.

Jackie is a Past President of the Board of Directors for the Association of University Research Parks (AURP). She chaired AURP’s inaugural Washington Summit, resulting in the first Science Park legislation introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House.


Mike Rogers

President and CEO Prism Strategies Group

Mike Rogers is a former part-time Senior Project Director and full-time Chief Marketing Officer for NMSU. He is currently President and CEO at Prism Strategies Group in Truckee, California. He has an extensive background in technology, with work at the IDG as Executive Vice President and then Publisher/Chief Executive Officer of their flagship media property: Computerworld. He served on the Board of Directors of the Guidewire Group which was very active in the entrepreneurial start-up ecosystem of Silicon Valley. Rogers has continued involvement with NMSU, having served on the Alumni Board and Chapter President in the San Francisco Bay Area conducting a successful campaign to increase active alumni membership. He serves on the College of Business Advisory Council and is teaching at the College of Business in an adjunct faculty position. He is the recipient of the James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service to the University and has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni from the College of Business.