NMSU Interim President tours Carlsbad campus

Dr. Manuel Pacheco
It's good to come home.
Manuel Pacheco, recently appointed as interim president of New Mexico State University, returned to the place his career started Monday morning as the NMSU Board of Regents held a special meeting at the university's Carlsbad campus.
"I started my teaching career here in Carlsbad in 1962, and I have a special remembrance of that set of experiences," he said.
Pacheco was appointed to his new position last week, but initial plans would have called for his appointment to be made during Monday's meeting at the Carlsbad campus. Ben Woods, NMSU senior vice president for external relations and chief of staff, said he was glad the appointment didn't happen as originally planned.
"He thinks a lot of the community," Woods said of Pacheco. "He was able to speak effectively about NMSU and Carlsbad."
The Board of Regents was in town Monday as part of a rotating meeting schedule. Each year the university board holds at least one meeting at one of its off-site campuses.
NMSU Carlsbad President John Gratton said he appreciated the extra attention. Gratton showed regents that the Carlsbad campus is on the right track as he bragged about the community college's 18.1 percent enrollment increase this fall.
"We've seen great things happen here," Gratton said. "That took the efforts of lots of people."



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