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Regents appoint new chancellor and president

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents named NMSU alumnus Dr. Dan Arvizu as the new NMSU chancellor this afternoon. Dr. John Floros was appointed president.

Dan Arvizu speaks at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts Friday following his appointment as chancellor of NMSU. The NMSU Board of Regents selected Arvizu to replace Garrey Carruthers, who is retiring July 1. (Photo by Andres Leighton/NMSU)

Arvizu will succeed Dr. Garrey Carruthers, who has served as both chancellor and president since 2013.

As chancellor, Arvizu will oversee the entire statewide NMSU system, while Floros will apparently focus on leading the main campus in Las Cruces.

John Floros was named president of NMSU Friday, May 11, 2018, during an NMSU Board of Regents meeting on campus. He will work alongside newly appointed chancellor Dan Arvizu. (Photo courtesy of NMSU).

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

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

“I’m immensely proud as an Aggie to be coming home,” Arvizu said during this afternoon’s meeting. Arvizu’s contract begins May 21 and he takes over as chancellor July 1.

Floros currently serves as the dean of the Kansas State University agriculture college and K-State Cooperative Extension. He earned his Ph.D. in food science from the University of Georgia.

Floros could not be present for today’s meeting, but asked Arvizu to relay the following statement: “I am deeply honored and delighted to be given this honor by the board of regents.”

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