NMSU Mission, Vision, and Values


The New Mexico State University System is the state’s land-grant university, serving the educational needs of New Mexico’s diverse population through comprehensive programs of education, research, extension education, and public service.


The New Mexico State University System will be a premier university as evidenced by demonstrated and quantifiable excellence in teaching, research, extension, outreach, service, economic development, and community engagement relative to its peer institutions.

To meet our vision of being a premier university, NMSU will be among the top quartile of peer institutions on 80% of measures of academic program and teaching quality, research productivity, and economic benefit to New Mexico.


  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Accountability
  • Excellence
  • Discovery
  • Engagement

NMSU’s Values began as a project completed by the first class of the Aggie Leadership Training Academy. In the fall of 2016, the University Administrative Council started with that work, and members contributed their top five values. This list was compiled from those contributions.

Vision 2020 goals

  1. Academics and Graduation – Provide stellar programs, instruction, and services to achieve timely graduation
  2. Diversity and Internationalization – Provide a diverse academic environment supportive of a global society
  3. Research and Creative Activity – Promote discovery, encourage innovation, and inspire creative achievement
  4. Economic Development and Community Engagement – Drive economic, social, educational, and community development
  5. Resource Stewardship – Optimize resources to effectively support teaching, research, and service

Working DraftsCommittee MembersKPIsPillars

Strategic Planning Committee

  • Tanner Schaub, Research Assc Professor, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
  • Jeff Arterburn, Professor, Distinguished, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Kathy Brook, Associate Dean, College of Business
  • Gladys De Necochea, Interim Acad Dept Head, College of Education
  • David Rockstraw, Acad Dept Head, Distinguished, College of Engineering
  • Susan Beck, Dept Head, Library
  • Norma Grijalva, Chief Information Officer, Information & Communications Technology
  • Bernadette Montoya, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
  • Paula Pierson, Chief Budget Officer, Administration and Finance
  • Adam Cavotta, Chair, NMSU Employee Council
  • Judy Bosland, Asst Vice President, Office of Institutional Analysis
  • Ophelia Watkins, Director, Auxiliary Services

Executive Committee of the Strategic Planning Team

  • Garrey Carruthers, Chancellor and President, New Mexico State University
  • Daniel Howard, Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Luis Vazquez, Assc VP for Research Integrity
  • Melody L Munson-Mcgee, Chief of Staff, EVPP
  • Glen Haubold, Assc VP for Facilities
  • Lakshmi Reddi, Dean, Engineering College
  • Susan Wood, AVP Acad Affairs Accr & Assess, DACC
  • Brenda Benefit, Professor, Anthropology
  • Janet Green, Special Asst to the Chancellor
  • Tina Byford, Chief Oper Officer, Foundation
  • Kathy Brook, Associate Dean, Business College

The 6 Pillars Download PDF


Vision 2020 Adoption History

July 2014 August 2013 September 2009
Vision 2020 Plan July 2014

Vision 2020 KPIs 4-4-15

Vision 2020 Plan

Vision 2020 KPIs

Living the Vision

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