About the President

Investiture_luncheon_05_121413Garrey Carruthers first stepped foot on the NMSU campus more than 50 years ago as a student interested in studying dairy production. Today, he is the first NMSU graduate to lead the university as president.

  • Raised in Aztec, N.M.
  • Earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture and a master’s in agricultural economics from NMSU
  • Received a Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University
  • Joined the NMSU faculty in 1968 in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business
  • Became the dean on the NMSU College of Business in 2003, also serving as the university’s vice president for economic development and director of the Pete V.  Domenici Institute
  • In 2013 he became the 27th president of New Mexico State University
  • Served as a White House fellow assigned to the Secretary of Agriculture and as the assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Elected governor of New Mexico in 1987
  • Created Cimarron Health Plan in 1993 and served as president and CEO

He and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 55 years. They have three children and six grandchildren.