BE BOLD. Shape the Future.

We Define What NMSU Will Become.

As a collective community of tremendously talented faculty, staff and students we create the future for NMSU. We have empowered ourselves to create a future that benefits from our unique geography, cultures and knowledge. To make the most of this opportunity, we must be free to be bold in our thinking and in our work so that NMSU is well positioned to tackle what lies ahead.



Enhance Student Success
and Social Mobility

Goal 1

Elevate Research
and Creativity

Goal 2

Amplify Extension
and Outreach

Goal 3




Build a Robust University System

Goal 4

Build an Online Global Campus

Goal 5

Build, Elevate, and Strengthen Sustainable Systemwide Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Practices

Goal 6





The mission of the New Mexico State University system is to serve the diverse needs of the state through comprehensive programs of education, research, extension and outreach, and public service.  As the state’s land-grant and space-grant university, and as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, NMSU fosters learning, inquiry, diversity and inclusion, social mobility, and service to the broader community.


By 2025, the NMSU system will excel in student success and social mobility for our diverse student populations, achieve the highest Carnegie research status (R1), and maintain our Carnegie Community Engagement classification.


Leadership: Promoting and creating the ability for Aggies to shape the future

Excellence: Providing the highest level of education, research, outreach, and service

Access: Welcoming diverse populations to higher education and to the NMSU community

Diversity & Inclusion: Embracing our differences as an asset and actively seeking to include wide-ranging perspectives

Student-Centered: Supporting the education of our students through every aspect of our university, every day




NMSU’s ongoing pandemic response and planning is driven by the mission and vision of LEADS 2025. Visit the NMSU Now website, updated weekly, to learn the latest information.

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On August 15, 2018, Chancellor Dan Arvizu and President John Floros presented an emerging vision of NMSU to the community. The new structure aligned actions and resources with the institutional priorities, and created distinct roles for the Chancellor and President. This involved the following:

  • Community colleges and other system-wide offices such as General Counsel were moved to the Chancellor's Office.
  • On the University campus, functions that support students were unified under the new Vice President for Student Success, Dr. Renay Scott, allowing a tighter focus on bringing student prospects to NMSU, helping them achieve their academic goals, and engaging them in campus life.
  • To forge a greater connection between research and graduate education, the Office of the Vice President for Research agreed to take on the functions of the Graduate School.
  • We streamlined the Office of the Provost to allow a stronger focus on NMSU’s academic affairs.

The process to create NMSU LEADS 2025 was as important as the plan itself; the creative process began an in-depth, ongoing discussion with the NMSU community about our collective future. Through the process, we met much of the community, listened to their thoughts, and incorporated many of those thoughts into the final plan. Even though NMSU LEADS 2025 is now our Regent-approved strategic plan, the document will remain a work in progress and these conversations will continue to ensure that the plan adapts to the changing times.

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