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New Mexico State University Carlsbad names new president

Russell Hardy, the former campus finance officer at New Mexico State University Carlsbad, has been named the new NMSU Carlsbad president.

Russell Hardy has been named president of New Mexico State University Carlsbad. (Courtesy photo)

Hardy has worked at NMSU Carlsbad since Jan. 4, 2000. He worked as associate professor of business and division coordinator of business, foreign languages, humanities and social sciences during his tenure.

"I'm excited about the prospect and look forward to new opportunities for NMSU Carlsbad and the surrounding community," Hardy said.

After receiving his tenure in June 2004, Hardy has worked as campus finance officer. He was responsible for the financial, facility, auxiliary and information technology functions of the campus.

Hardy was raised in Hobbs, N.M., and received an associate's degree in business and automotive technology from New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs. He also received a bachelor's degree in business management from West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas and a master's in business administration from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, N.M. Hardy is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Before joining NMSU Carlsbad, Hardy was an ASE certified master auto technician and worked as a full-time auto technician at dealerships in Hobbs and Amarillo, Texas. He also worked as a service manager at dealerships in Tulsa, Okla. and Hobbs.

In 1994, Hardy became a professor of business and automotive technology at New Mexico Junior College, starting his career in education.

"I got a call from a former professor asking me to teach a class," Hardy said about the beginning of his career in education. "It happened by circumstance."

Hardy lives in Carlsbad with his wife Kerry and their three children Colton, 14, Mason, 11 and Raegan, 8, where he is a board member of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and is a board member and treasurer of the Carlsbad Community Development Corporation.