Politicians and N.M. universities

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By Hal Rhodes

Former Gov. Garrey Carruthers is one of five finalists in line to become the next president of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.
NMSU’s presidency has been something of a revolving door in recent years with one president after another passing through in remarkably rapid succession, leaving onlookers to wonder what if anything had been accomplished during their brief tenures.
Count this reporter among a good many other New Mexicans who has often wondered why the Board of Regents of that university has for so long failed to see the wisdom of putting an end to the turmoil by tapping Carruthers for their institution’s top job.
His Ph.D. in economics is from Iowa State University, but he earned both his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts at New Mexico State.
After his four-year term (1987-91) as governor was over, Carruthers spent a few years in the private sector with management and development activities in the health-maintenance field.
But for over a decade now, he has been dean of NMSU’s business college and he is plainly devoted to that institution. Indeed, Carruthers has reportedly told his six grandchildren that he will pay their way through college, “tuition, room, board and books,” with the proviso that they “have to go to New Mexico State.”

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