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NMSU Regents approve ground lease for development north of University Avenue

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved a ground lease for Aggie Development Incorporated during their meeting Oct. 21 in Las Cruces. The lease involves two parcels of land north of University Avenue and east of the Pan Am Plaza.



Glen Cerny, New Mexico State University?s director of university broadcasting, received the Regent?s Above and Beyond Award during the NMSU Regents meeting Oct. 21. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips) Portrait of a man
Glen Cerny, center, stands with Garrey Carruthers and members of the NMSU Board of Regents
KRWG Director Glen Cerny, center, stands with Garrey Carruthers and members of the NMSU Board of Regents after receiving the Above and Beyond Award for outstanding service to the university. (NMSU Photo)

Aggie Development was created by NMSU in 2014 to better manage and develop the university?s land and water assets. One of the parcels, located north of Wisconsin Avenue, is more than 12 acres and zoned for multi-family development. The second is almost seven acres located south of Wisconsin Avenue and zoned for commercial development.

?The desire of Aggie Development is to seek a third party to develop on these two parcels,? said Aggie Development President Scott Eschenbrenner. ?There have been multiple interested parties from the private sector for a multi-family development on the 12.68-acre parcel. Placing these two parcels under the direction of Aggie Development could lead to an immediate funding source for the university.?

The creation of Faculty Care Leave, a new paid leave benefit for 9-month regular faculty members at NMSU, was approved by the board. The benefit is designed to provide faculty, who previously did not accrue any paid leave, with a paid leave benefit to be used while taking Family Medical Leave.

Regents also approved naming NMSU?s new presidential skybox at Aggie Memorial Stadium as Club 27. The new name acknowledges NMSU President Garrey Carruthers who served as the 27th governor of New Mexico and the 27th president of NMSU. Additionally, the board also approved changing Era Rentfrow Gym to Era Rentfrow Hall and the NMSU Central Plant to the Charles Strickland Central Utilities Plant. Rentfrow was a longtime NMSU registrar and Strickland was the first director of the NMSU Physical Plant from 1911 to 1956. At NMSU?s Dona Ana Community College, the DAMA Building will become Alex Sanchez Hall, named for its first director.

Glen Cerny, NMSU?s director of university broadcasting, received the Regent?s Above and Beyond Award. He manages the KRWG television and radio stations along with NMSU?s Special Production Unit, which includes Aggie Vision. He volunteers as an announcer covering different athletic events and he mentors students interested in broadcast job opportunities. His responsibilities include managing the stations? budgets, working with donors, interviewing a variety of people for programs, setting strategic direction and interacting with the local community.