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Cassandra Lachica-Chavez selected as NMSU registrar

Cassandra Lachica-Chavez has been selected as the registrar for New Mexico State University.

Lachica-Chavez, who currently serves as the director of admissions and the registrar for the University of Texas-El Paso, will begin her NMSU duties this November as the fifth Registrar since 1924.

Lachica-Chavez began her higher education career as an admissions counselor at UTEP in 2001. She earned increasing levels of responsibility: she became the director of admissions in March of 2013 and the interim registrar just four months later.

?In those positions, she gained extensive experience with student records, transcript evaluation, grading, registration, records reporting, and regulatory compliance,? said Bernadette Montoya, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. ?She has worked with systems critical to NMSU?s mission, and has experience in developing and implementing policy regarding data security, privacy, training and information infrastructure. Her demonstrated skills in systems integration and process management will be of great benefit to the NMSU system.?

Lachica-Chavez is a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors, and the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, and has presented at conferences on topics such as degree completion, change models, and student transfer.

?Lachica-Chavez is already an Aggie: she earned a master?s degree in history in 2004 and a doctorate in educational administration in 2013, both from NMSU,? Montoya said. ?She also has two undergraduate degrees from UTEP.?