This week, we learned that the campus president position at New Mexico State University-Carlsbad has been eliminated, according to a letter from Chancellor Dan Arvizu. We’re extremely disappointed to learn about this decision. The president positions in Alamogordo and Grants have also been eliminated as part of a realignment. Former President Dr. John Gratton, who retired this summer, did an excellent job linking the entire community with the college.
“While the mission of each campus will remain the same, the three community colleges will undergo administrative restructuring and other adjustments to transition into a more integrated system of branch campuses,” writes Dr. Arvizu.
A more integrated system could mean that our students here might benefit more from some of Las Cruces’ resources. However, we hope that “integrated” just isn’t a nice way of saying downsizing. It is very important that our local campus continue to retain its own identity and that administrators here get to make key decision-making abilities on behalf of this college.
Dr. Andrew Nwanne serves as Chief Academic Officer and Provost for NMSU-C and will be the highest ranking member of the NMSU program in Carlsbad now. We certainly hope that Dr. Nwanne will be allowed to continue to interact and partner with the community at a high level.
NMSU-C was established in 1950 as the state’s first community college, and we’re very proud to have it here. We’re disappointed in the decision to eliminate the president position and hope NMSU will work with Carlsbad in showing its commitment to this community and our students here.
From the office of Mayor Dale Janway
Image source: NMSU website