NMSU-A’s New VP for Academic Affairs.
NMSU-A welcomes the new VP for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ryan Carstens. Dr. Carstens comes to us from Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, UT and brings to the position 30 years of experience in leadership and administration in higher education in various campus environments – multi-campus, single campus, rural, suburban, ethnically diverse downtown campuses, and colleges in larger (and smaller) cities.
“I learned of the VP position at NMSU-A through the Chronicle of Higher Education and other sources that list these types of job opportunities. The opportunities here in Alamogordo appealed to both my wife and me. I’ve found over the years that I enjoy the community connection in a smaller place; it’s the quality of life and quality of job, too. Community colleges play a very important role in rural America, and Alamogordo, New Mexico was attractive.”
“Most of my career, I’ve worked in ‘systems’ like the NMSU system so I’m familiar with the ins and outs of working at a college that is part of a system. I like the smaller size institution and come to you thinking of the different opportunities we have to move forward. People know each other; it’s more personal, more like a family, providing a circle we can work with a lot.”
Dr. Carstens’ vision for NMSU-A is somewhat abstract (his word) at this point but focuses on building a culture that improves our ability to meet students’ expectations and their ability to succeed. “My hope is that we will be able to work with faculty to articulate where our next horizon is.”