Garrey 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.