Category Archives: Activity Report

Activity Report for Week of April 8 – April 14

The week began with fundraising training for deans and department heads. I provided a welcome, noting that our alumni are increasingly interested in supporting programs rather than bricks and mortar.  Deans and department heads play a critical role in fundraising, helping donors peek under the hood of the university and providing them with insight into…
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Activity Report for Week of April 1 – April 7

At the Regents meeting on Monday, April 3, the Regents voted to postpone voting on a tuition increase, hoping that the next several weeks would lead to greater clarity regarding the state budget for higher education. In my report to the Regents, I focused on centralized advising, noting that leadership is in place and Garcia…
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Activity Report for Week of March 25 – March 31

On Monday, I met with the search committee for the Vice President for Research. In giving the charge to the committee, I emphasized the importance of hiring someone with the credentials necessary to have credibility with our faculty; experience in dealing with funding agencies; and a vision for how to help NMSU grow its research…
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Activity Report for Week of March 4 – March 10

At the Board of Regents Meeting on Monday, March 6, I reported on the marketing budget for NMSU and current application and admissions data. The good news with regard to our marketing efforts is that applications and admissions have increased over last year, particularly in El Paso and Arizona.  An area where we are running…
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Activity Report for Week of February 25 – March 3

I spent all day Monday and part of Tuesday with the members of the Search Committee for Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance. We interviewed via Skype 10 candidates with the goal of identifying 3-5 to bring to campus for face-to-face interviews with the Chancellor and other members of the NMSU community. A major…
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Activity Report for Week of February 18 – February 24

On Monday, I had the honor of welcoming National Merit Finalists and National Hispanic Scholars (and their families) to NMSU. Dean Miriam Chaiken and the Honors College brought the students to campus as part of our Conroy Scholars recruiting effort.  This is the third recruitment class and the size of the cohort grows every year. …
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Activity Report for Week of February 11 – February 17

On Wednesday, I attended the Economic Development Summit hosted by the City of Las Cruces. We talked about issues ranging from workforce development to supply chains and how to develop businesses that can support the rapid industrial growth around Santa Teresa.  There was a lot of good will in the room and a great willingness…
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Activity Report for Week of February 4 – February 10

Early Monday morning, the Chancellor and I met with Faculty Senate Chair Chris Brown and Faculty Senate Vice Chair Rolfe Sassenfeld to discuss the composition of Team 6, the Transforming NMSU Team that will examine the administrative structure of our academic departments. We agreed that faculty members will be in the majority on the committee…
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Activity Report for Week of January 28 – February 3

I spent the weekend and Monday in Santa Fe participating in Las Cruces Day activities. It provided me with opportunities to speak with multiple legislators about legislation important to New Mexico State University and to attend the House Labor and Economic Development Committee meeting on Monday. I spent all day Tuesday at a retreat with…
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Activity Report for Week of January 21 – January 27

At the Academic Deans meeting on Tuesday we discussed enrollment numbers for the spring and application numbers for the fall of 2017. Retention of first year students has improved over last year, but not by as much as we had hoped.  The Assurance Report that is being prepared for our Higher Learning Commission team visit…
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