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NMSU Board of Regents elects Anaya as president

LAS CRUCES - As Steve Anaya takes the lead role as president of New Mexico State University's Board of Regents, he'd like to focus on the university's strategic plan, funding for higher education and improving coordination among all colleges and universities in the state.

Steve Anaya has been elected president of the New Mexico State University Board of Regents. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

Anaya and other members of the board were elected during a March meeting and will preside at their first full meeting in April. Regent Laura Conniff was elected vice president and student regent Sherry Kamali was elected secretary-treasurer.

Anaya, who became a regent in 2003, previously served as vice president.

Last September, the regents approved a university-wide strategic plan, called "Living the Vision: A performance plan for excellence," which guides the establishment of policy, goals and objectives.

"I'd like to continue working within the framework of the Living the Vision document and trying to meet the targets we set up to achieve," Anaya said.

On higher education funding, Anaya wants to examine the method of funding for colleges and universities, with an emphasis on seeking ways to make attendance more affordable for more students. He'd also like to improve the way institutions of higher education in the state work together.

"We're all vying for a lot of the same dollars," he said. "We need to explore what we can do to better coordinate our efforts."