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The New Mexico State University did what it probably should have done 20 years ago. It named former Governor Garrey Carruthers its president.
Carruthers left the governor’s office on January 1, 1991 and entered the world of business, primarily as president of Cimarron Health Care. He then went back to NMSU, where he has served a dean of the business school along with various other university jobs.
I got to know him well as governor, partly because of his openness. Every Monday morning he held a cabinet meeting with his department heads. Every Monday afternoon at 1:30 sharp, he held a press conference to inform the Capitol press corps what the government would be doing. He also answered every question asked.
I also had an added advantage. He was a committed churchgoer, as was our family. Every Sunday morning we had an opportunity to talk before services at St. John’s Methodist Church. Occasionally, he would pass a note to me with additional information.
Carruthers always sat on the end of the back row, nearest the door. I’m sure it wasn’t to avoid people because he was an active church member, serving the congregation in other ways that involved interacting with others.
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