Meet the new faces of New Mexico State University

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Meet the new faces of New Mexico State University

Over the summer, New Mexico State University welcomed several new administrators to the Aggie Community. 

Dona Ana Community College’s new President: Monica Torres 

Dona Ana Community College is starting the 2018-2019 with a new president. Monica Torres, Ph.D. was announced as the new president of the New Mexico State University branch at the May 10 Board of Regents meeting by Chancellor Dan Arvizu.

According to an NMSU press release, Arvizu said Torres displayed her leadership abilities as interim president, a position she held since September 2018.

“Since her selection as interim president, Dr. Torres has demonstrated her ability to lead with vision, purpose and a deep commitment to student success,” Arvizu said. “NMSU’s community college system plays an essential role in our work to serve the people of New Mexico, and Dr. Torres’ knowledge of the campus and track record of accomplishments will serve the DACC community well.”

Previously, Torres served as assistant professor, associate professor and department head at the main campus’ department of English.

NMSU’s new Dean of Students: Anne Coombes Goodman

Ann Coombes Goodman, Ph.D., began as the NMSU Dean of Students July 15.

An Aggie alumnus, Goodman is returning from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas where she worked as the associate director in the Department of Student Activities.

The incoming dean of student said she aims to increase student involvement and create an environment where all students can have an exceptional college experience, according to an NMSU news release. 

 “I am particularly excited to work with Dr. Scott, the Student Success leadership team, NMSU student leaders, faculty and staff and to learn about their experiences, their aspirations and then determine how to boost student involvement and ensure a robust collegiate experience for all Aggies,” Goodman said. 

Goodman was selected in May from three finalists looking to fill the position formerly held by Michael Jasek, who served in the position for nearly 7 years.


NMSU’s new Provost: Carol Parker

The position of NMSU Provost was filled this past July after a year-long search that came down to four finalists.

NMSU President John Floros announced Carol Parker’s appointment as NMSU Provost May 29 with Parker officially taking over the position July 22. 

Parker most recently held the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Texas at El Paso from 2017 to 2019. She has served in multiple positions at the University of New Mexico, including senior vice provost for academic affairs from 2013-2017 and associate dean and director of the UNM School of Law. She also served as a research attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals before pursuing a career in academia.

Her academic accolades include a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Michigan State University’s Honor’s College, a master’s degree in information science from The University of Michigan and a J.D. degree in law from the Wayne State University Law School.

Parker will succeed interim Provost April Mason, who held the position after Provost Dan Howard retired in August 2018.

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