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Manuel T. Pacheco named interim president of NMSU

At a special meeting today, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved a contract with Manuel T. Pacheco to serve as interim president of the university. Pacheco will start June 1.



Manuel T. Pacheco has been selected to serve as interim president of New Mexico State University. (Courtesy Photo)

"Dr. Pacheco has an extensive background in higher education and an impeccable reputation, the university will be in good hands while we search for our new president," said Regent Chair Blake Curtis.

Pacheco is retired and living in Arizona, but prior to his retirement in 2003, he was president of the four-campus University of Missouri System. Previously, he had been president at the University of Arizona, the University of Houston-Downtown and Laredo State University. In 2006, he also served as interim president at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M.

"I'm pleased to be able to join the university. I have had a high opinion of New Mexico State University for many years and am glad to help during this transition," Pacheco said. "Land-grant universities are a special kind of institution in the United States. They provide both opportunities and responsibilities that you do not get at other institutions."

Pacheco, the oldest of 12 children, was born in Colorado and grew up in New Mexico. He holds a bachelor's degree from New Mexico Highlands University and a doctorate from The Ohio State University. After serving as a high school language teacher he held increasing responsible faculty and administrative posts at a number of institutions including Florida State University, the University of Colorado, California State University-San Diego, and the University of Texas at El Paso.

Pacheco has served on several corporate boards including Warnaco and Asarco, and currently serves on the board of PNM Resources. In addition, he is a charter member of the not- for-profit boards of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), the National Security Education Program, and the University of Arizona Science and Technology Research Park.

For a complete vitae, visit http://ucommphoto.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/MANUEL%20PACHECO%20Vitae.pdf.

Pacheco's contract is for $325,000 and includes use of the president's residence.