Provost Carol Parker


Provost Parker joined New Mexico State University in July of 2019. Previous to this appointment, she served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas at El Paso, and Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of New Mexico, where she also served as Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, and as a tenured Professor of Law.

The Provost works with deans, faculty and staff across the campus to continue developing and promoting NMSU’s strategic plan, LEADS 2025, to enhance the excellence of its academic and research programs, while successfully offering opportunities for social mobility and student success to first-generation and historically underserved student populations. As a first-generation college student, Provost Parker understands the power of higher education to change lives.

The Provost oversees all academic colleges, schools, departments and programs; the recruitment, hiring, credentialing, retention and review of all members of the faculty; planning, development and evaluation of academic programs; fostering the development of new teaching methods; coordination of internal administrative review, and external regulatory requirements of academic policies, plans and programs; accreditation and assessment; academic agreements with other universities; and maintenance of academic standards of the NMSU system.

In addition to NMSU’s six main campus colleges – Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering; Health Sciences and Services; and the William Conroy Honors College, a number of additional units report to the Provost or her delegates, including the Library, Graduate School, Distance Education including NMSU Online, Teaching Academy, Accreditation and Assessment, First Year Experience, and several Diversity Programs.

As an administrator, Provost Parker has focused on student success, faculty recruitment and development, faculty compensation, academic program development and review, accreditation, budget and finance, capital projects and facilities, economic development, fundraising, policy development, compliance and risk management, information technology and data governance, and strategic planning.

Parker received her Juris doctorate from Wayne State University Law School, a master’s degree in information science from The University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Michigan State University’s Honor’s College. Parker maintains her license to practice law in Michigan, where she worked as an attorney.