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Ruth Hernandez Prescott joins NMSU as executive associate to chief of staff

Ruth Hernandez Prescott, currently vice provost for internal affairs at Baylor University, has accepted an offer to join New Mexico State University as executive associate to the senior vice president for external relations and chief of staff.

"We were delighted to be able to attract such an outstanding pool of candidates for this position," said Ben Woods, senior vice president for external relations and chief of staff. "Each candidate who applied honored us with their interest and effort. In the end, Ruth's work experience and her educational background were the deciding factors. She will be an outstanding addition to the NMSU team."

Prior to her position at Baylor, Hernandez Prescott served at Mississippi State University beginning as assistant to the provost and advancing to associate vice president for academic affairs. She also served as executive assistant to the president during her tenure there. Prior to her time at Mississippi State University, she served in a number of positions at Texas A&M University including coordinator of special projects, special assistant to the executive vice president and provost, university ethics officer and finally assistant provost. Hernandez Prescott has a bachelor's in political science from Stephens College and a law degree from the University of Florida Levin College Of Law.

The executive associate position is the result of a reorganization of positions and reassignment of responsibilities in the Chief of Staff office. The position is a combination of two open positions and will bear primary responsibility for coordination of all university support and interaction with the Board of Regents. Woods said the position was developed to seek out the appropriate background to ensure that the operations of the Board of Regents were properly and effectively supported. He said a particularly strong legal background mixed with high-level responsibility in a university setting was important.

In addition to working with the Board of Regents, Hernandez Prescott also will manage and oversee any number of presidential initiatives aimed at improving administrative and support operations at the university. She will assume her duties April 5.