DATE: May 28, 2019
TO: All NMSU employees
FROM: John Floros, President
SUBJECT: Provost Carol Parker
I am delighted to welcome Carol Parker as New Mexico State University’s new Provost. Until
recently, Carol was the Provost at the University of Texas at El Paso, where she still serves as the
senior advisor for academic affairs. She will begin her new role at NMSU on July 22, 2019.
I am confident that Carol Parker will be a strong addition to our leadership team at NMSU. She
is a proven leader, has extensive experience in academic affairs, and is known as a fair and
thoughtful advocate for faculty, staff and students. She is a first-generation college student and
has gotten to know the Southwest Borderlands well from her 15 years of experience in New
Mexico and West Texas.
She believes NMSU is well placed to provide strategic leadership for the region and the State
through promoting student success, growing research and creativity, and extending the
university’s long tradition of outreach and service well into the future. She will help us
accomplish our strategic goals and fulfill our land-grant/space-grant mission, while serving our
diverse student population well.
She has more than two decades of experience as a higher education administrator. She has
worked at UTEP since 2017 where she served as Provost and Vice President for Academic
Affairs. She also worked at the University of New Mexico from 2013-2017 as Senior Vice
Provost for Academic Affairs. Previous to that, she was an associate dean and director at the
UNM School of Law.
Her administrative experience includes work in the areas of student success, faculty recruitment
and development, 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
She maintains her license to practice law in Michigan and worked as a research attorney at the
Michigan Court of Appeals prior to her academic career. She received a J.D. degree in law from
the 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
A big thank you to the Search Committee members for a job well done!