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NMSU announces athletic director search committee

New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers announced Thursday the selected members of a search committee for NMSU?s next athletics director. He also said the university would not utilize a search firm during the process, but will actively promote the job opening nationwide.

?In my view, the prototypical athletics director will spend a lot of time on fundraising, as well as marketing and promoting NMSU Athletics,? Carruthers said. ?My expectation is that this committee will meet very soon to review the job description for the position and begin the search process.?

The 15-person committee represents the university?s faculty and staff as well as community members. NMSU alumnus Larry Lujan will serve as the committee?s chair. Lujan is familiar with the search process at NMSU. He also served as chair for the university?s most recent presidential search from December 2012 to May 2013.

The committee includes:
? Larry Lujan, chairman of HUB New Mexico
? Bernadette Montoya, NMSU?s vice president for student affairs and enrollment management
? Cheryl Harrelson, NMSU?s vice president for university advancement
? Christa Slaton, dean of NMSU?s College of Arts and Sciences
? Glen Haubold, NMSU?s associate vice president for facilities
? Jerry Smith, president and CEO of Laguna Development Corporation
? Jim Peach, NMSU professor and faculty athletics representative to the NCAA
? Jordan Banegas, NMSU student and member of the NMSU Board of Regents
? Kevin Melendrez, NMSU associate professor and academic department head of accounting
? Lou Henson, former NMSU basketball coach
? Lou Sisbarro, president of Sisbarro Dealerships
? Marvin Menzies, NMSU head basketball coach
? Mickey Clute, president of GenCon Corp.
? Stuart Munson-McGee, NMSU professor and chair of NMSU?s faculty senate
? Wes Jackson, NMSU student and president of ASNMSU

Carruthers said he hoped the committee would have recommendations for NMSU?s new athletics director by the end of the fall semester, with the new person able to start as soon as Jan. 1, 2015.