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Carruthers retiring as NMSU chancellor

NMSU master degree graduate Shruthi Ramaiah snaps a selfie with President Garrey Carruthers while receiving her certificate during the 2016 Fall Commencement at the Pan American Center. (NMSU photo by Andres Leighton)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico State University Chancellor Garrey Carruthers announced Thursday that he will retire from his post next summer.

The former New Mexico governor and NMSU alumnus has led the university as president and chancellor since 2013. His contract ends July 2018.

NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

“I have tremendously enjoyed my time here at NMSU, as a student, professor, dean and for the past four years serving as chancellor and president of this great university,” Carruthers, 77, said in a news release. “I’m enthusiastically looking forward to what we can accomplish in the next 11 months.”

Carruthers has led the school through some of the toughest times for colleges and universities in New Mexico as state subsidies for higher education declined along with enrollment as funding for the state’s Legislative Lottery Scholarship has plummeted.

“We have sailed this ship together through some stormy seas,” Carruthers said. “When we hit some calm, it was amazing to discover just how well we had charted the course and how successful we’ve been in transforming NMSU into a 21st century university.”

Carruthers, the school’s 27th president, oversaw, among other priorities, an increase in online classes, fundraising and marketing efforts and the courting of students in surrounding states and Mexico.

“Integrity, respect, transparency and an absolute unshakeable dedication to the success of NMSU have been his hallmarks. Through his power as a consensus builder, NMSU avoided turmoil and strife, while successfully weathering budget cuts and many other necessary changes,” NMSU general counsel Liz Ellis said in the release.