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Byford joins NMSU Foundation

Rebecca Dukes, vice president of university advancement and executive director of the New Mexico State University Foundation, has announced that Tina Byford is the new senior investment and chief financial officer of the NMSU Foundation.

Tina Byford is the new senior investment and chief financial officer of the New Mexico State University Foundation. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Byford, who served as controller of the university for 12 years, began her new responsibilities Feb. 26.

"The role that Tina is assuming is a huge responsibility," Dukes said. "It requires not only the technical background she possesses, but also a desire to take on and master new learning in the increasingly sophisticated investment categories and their related performance. We feel privileged to have Tina as a member of our dynamic team."

Byford, who earned certified public accountant status in 1980, has been employed by NMSU since 1988 when she and her husband, Ron, relocated from Louisiana State University so he could accept a position in the College of Agriculture and Home Economics.

Byford has been in the university's business and finance department since 1991. She was the university's budget director for three years before assuming the responsibilities of university controller. She has prior experience with the NMSU Foundation, having served as its controller and assistant director of university gifts from 1988 to 1991.

"I absolutely love NMSU," Byford said. "I am looking forward to serving in this new capacity. I believe the experience I have had working on the university side for the last 15 years will be invaluable in my new position."

One of Byford's major responsibilities will be working with the investment committee of the NMSU Foundation's board of directors, which manages endowment assets that have grown to more than $100 million.

"In my prior position, I had oversight for management of the university's investments and am familiar with the goals of the foundation board. We are all looking for ways to help this university grow and achieve new levels of excellence," she said.

Byford earned a bachelor of science in business administration with a major in accounting from Oklahoma State and a master of arts in educational management and development with an emphasis on higher education administration from NMSU.