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Leslie Cervantes selected as NMSU associate vice president for alumni engagement

New Mexico State University Advancement has selected Leslie Cervantes of Las Cruces as its new associate vice president for alumni engagement and participation. She will begin serving in her new position Aug. 24.


Portrait of Leslie Cervantes
New Mexico State University Advancement has selected Leslie Cervantes of Las Cruces as its new associate vice president for alumni engagement and participation. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

?Leslie is an outstanding Aggie with strong connections, not just with the university but also with our surrounding community,? NMSU President Garrey Carruthers said. ?I know she will bring the leadership and the enthusiasm needed to keep NMSU alumni active and engaged.?

Cervantes most recently served as chief of staff for Las Cruces Public Schools, having also served in community relations roles for the school district and as executive director of the Las Cruces Public Schools Foundation.

Throughout her 20-year career as a fundraiser, Cervantes has been an active volunteer, serving in leadership roles with the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, Las Cruces Chamber Ballet Board of Directors, Junior League of Las Cruces and Mesilla Valley Hospice Board of Directors. She was also the founding president and director of the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, as well serving in membership roles on more than a dozen other boards and committees.

?I?m looking forward to reconnecting alumni to NMSU as they visit our campus or through the events we hold in their communities,? said Cervantes, herself a 1986 graduate of NMSU?s College of Business with a bachelor?s degree in human resource management. ?I am an Aggie through and through. It?s exciting to join the NMSU family in this important role.?

During her time as a student, Cervantes served on the NMSU Student Alumni Association and said she feels especially eager to return to that work of building relationships with alumni.


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