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NMSU Regents appoint Bagwell interim NMDA Secretary

New Mexico State University's Board of Regents appointed Tom Bagwell as the interim director/secretary of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture at its regular meeting Friday, Dec. 10.

Following their final New Mexico State University Board of Regents meeting, Chris Anaya, left, and Blake Curtis, whose terms on the board end Dec. 31, planted trees in the Regents Grove on campus. Since the mid-1980s it has been a tradition for board members to plant a tree in the grove outside of Corbett Center at the end of their service. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Bagwell, who currently serves as the assistant director for the NMDA and the deputy secretary of agriculture for New Mexico, will replace NMDA Director/Secretary I. Miley Gonzalez, who announced he will retire at the end of the year.

The director of the NMDA serves as the secretary of agriculture on the Governor's Cabinet, but the position is filled by the NMSU Board of Regents and reports to the board and the university president.

Bagwell is a member of the Border Governors Agricultural Work Table and Western Governors Farm Bill Working Group. He serves on the Governor's Administrative Policy Team and the Tribal Consultation Plan Team. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from NMSU in agricultural economics and is a faculty member in the agricultural and extension education department.

The Regents also recognized Gonzalez for his many years of service to New Mexico and praised his leadership on the national and international stage resulting in growth and expansion of New Mexico agriculture.

Others honored for their service to NMSU included Regents Blake Curtis and Chris Anaya, who are concluding their terms on the board, as well as Vice President Carmen Gonzales, who is retiring at the end of the year, and Vice President Nick Franklin, who is returning to retirement after serving his alma mater for the past two years.

In other business, the Board of Regents approved the financial report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, and approved a resolution in support of the Dream Act.

The Regents also heard informational reports on the university's bio-sciences research agenda and the establishment of a Department Head Academy, which will provide professional development for unit-level academic leaders.