NMSU names Carruthers as new president
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The New Mexico State University Board of Regents named former New Mexico Governor Dr. Garrey Carruthers as the president of the university during a special meeting Monday afternoon.
After a four month search from a pool of 57 applicants, the regents voted 3 to 2 in favor of Carruthers with Regent Pino and Regent Gonzalez voting no.
"His ties to New Mexico, his many facets of understanding about the New Mexico culture and the New Mexico legislature," said Regent Chair Mike Cheney of the attributes that set Carruthers apart from the other candidates.
The university, through a regent-appointed search committee, selected five finalists for the job in April.
Regent Pino and Gonzalez felt Daniel Howard, former head of the biology department at NMSU was a better fit.
"We need stability at that president's position and Dr. Howard is someone who we can all believe would stay and grow the university for many years to come," Gonzalez said.
Both Gonzalez and Pino said they would fully support the new leadership.
Regent Kari Mitchell admitted Carruthers wasn't a perfect candidate but was the best choice.
"He has an opportunity to strengthen his academic background in research," Mitchell said.
With each of the five finalists for the job meeting with the community, the regents said that input weighed into their decision.
The regents used a packet with feedback on each candidate during their deliberations, ultimately deciding on Carruthers as the best choice.
"By and large people were very constructive in their assessments," Cheney said.
Cheney said the next step is to begin negotiations with Carruthers on his contract and said a salary similar to Dr. Couture's could be possible.
Her salary was $385,000 when she signed in 2010.