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Campus community celebrates inauguration of new chancellor and president

NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu and John Floros celebrated their inauguration with local community members Thursday afternoon at Corbett Center.

Arvizu was inaugurated as the university’s second chancellor and Floros was inaugurated as the university’s 28th president during the traditional academic ceremony.

New Mexico State University President John Flores, left, and Chancellor Dan Arvizu talk to one another between speakers during their inauguration event Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (Photo by Josh Bachman courtesy of the Las Cruces Sun-News)

The event included a series of guest speeches by university officials and local community leaders, a blessing by Tortuga Pueblo members, and performances by the the Sol y Arena flamenco dance group, the NMSU Wind Symphony and NMSU Chamber Singers.

The list of guest speakers included Gov. Susana Martinez, Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima, and ASNMSU President Emerson Morrow. Former chair of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission Joshua Epel delivered the keynote speech.

Chancellor Arvizu is the former director and chief executive officer of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and most recently served as senior adviser to the Emerson Elemental practice of Emerson Collective, a nonprofit based in Palo Alto, California.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from NMSU and a master’s and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

“At NMSU, I see my responsibility as chancellor as helping shape the mindset of individuals and the community that we serve,” Arvizu said. “What I see for New Mexico State is that we must be a catalyst for change. We need to clearly define who we are as an institution, and focus on excellence in research to solve global grand challeges.”

President Floros served as the dean of the Kansas State University agriculture college and K-State Cooperative Extension before coming to NMSU. He earned his Ph.D. in food science from the University of Georgia.

“This is a great occasion for me,” Floros said during Thursday’s event. “Family is important and community is important. We have to work together as a family. I came here because I felt that welcoming spirit. I’m here because I know this university makes a big difference in people’s lives. I’m here because I truly believe in this institution. I truly think this is a special place.”

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