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Regents' chief of staff accepts post at Utah State

Juan N. Franco, regents' chief of staff at New Mexico State University, has accepted an appointment as vice president for student services at Utah State University in Logan.



Juan N. Franco, regents' chief of staff at New Mexico State University, will become vice president for student services at Utah State University. (NMSU photo)


Franco, who has served for 28 years at New Mexico State, will remain in his current position through the end of the spring semester in mid-May.

"I have mixed feelings because I love this university and its students, and I really enjoy my current position working with the Board of Regents," he said. "But over the past year I have found that I really miss working with students."

Franco was interim vice president for student services at New Mexico State before becoming regents' chief of staff in August 2001. He previously was vice president for administration.

"Juan Franco brings excellent academic credentials, a record of successful administrative experience in a variety of university settings, a gift for working closely with students, and a well of enthusiasm and energy," Utah State President Kermit L. Hall said in announcing the appointment.

New Mexico State University President Jay Gogue, a former provost at Utah State, said Franco's shoes will be hard to fill.

"We're awfully proud of Juan and we know he will do a fine job at Utah State," Gogue said. "He has served in a number of administrative roles and he has been thoroughly professional in all of them. Juan will be sorely missed."

Franco said he and his wife Elisa will leave many close friends in Las Cruces, "but the Utah State University community and the Logan community made us feel very welcome."

Utah State, he noted, is a land-grant university like New Mexico State, with a similar mission of service and about the same number of students