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NMSU associate vice president for information technology to retire June 1

After 25 years of service to New Mexico State University, Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President of Information Technology Shaun Cooper will retire June 1.


A man checks hardware rack connections in a server room at New Mexico State University.
After 25 years of service to New Mexico State University, Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President of Information Technology Shaun Cooper will retire June 1. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Cooper has served in his current capacity since May 2008. He first arrived at NMSU in 1988 as a pre-professional programmer. During his tenure at NMSU, Cooper has held the positions of workstation support analyst, visualization analyst, manager of workstation support, assistant director, director and chief information officer.

Cooper has seen the Computer Center change from 400 terminals attached to a mainframe to 140,000-plus devices connected to 200,000 miles of fiber optic cable interacting with 300 servers to provide constant information technology services to the NMSU community. He has been involved in many aspects of IT services over the years, including deploying the first web-based registration system.

Cooper is married to Associate Dean of Engineering Martha Mitchell and they have two sons, John and David.

Norma Grijalva, deputy chief information officer and director of Telecommunications and Networking Services, will serve as interim chief information officer and associate vice president of information technology beginning June 1. Grijalva is a native New Mexican and first attended NMSU in 1981. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering, and started her professional career at NMSU at the Physical Science Laboratory in 1987.

Plans for the search for the permanent replacement are under way.

A reception will be held for Cooper from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the Fulton Center.