K-State Dean of the College of Agriculture Named President at New Mexico State University


Dr. John Floros, Kansas State University dean for the College of Agriculture and Director of K-State Research and Extension was named as the new President of New Mexico State University. The University’s Board of Regents made the announcement on Saturday naming Floros as President and Dr. Dan Arvizu as Chancellor.

Dr. Floros was named to his role at Kansas State on February 14, 2012 and officially taking over the role on August 1 of that year. He has led the development of the college’s strategic plan and guided the college to record student enrollments, retention and graduation. He has led the development of a College of Agriculture strategic plan for Vision 2025, guided the college to record student enrollments, retention and graduation, and nearly 100 percent placement.

As director, he steered K-State Research and Extension – an entity with faculty and staff in five colleges: Agriculture, Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Human Ecology, and Veterinary Medicine – to record extramural funding, with research expenditures of more than $105 million.

Under his leadership the College of Agriculture established the first ever NSF-supported Center on Wheat Genomics; and four new Feed-the-Future Labs from USAID on wheat, sorghum and millet, postharvest loss reduction, and sustainable intensification, for a total investment of more than $100 million in five years.

In a news release, Dr. Arvizu read a statement from Dr. Floros on his appointment as President of the University:

“I am deeply honored and delighted to be given this tremendous opportunity by the Board of Regents to lead as the new president of NMSU as it plays a vital role in the state, the nation and, increasingly, the world beyond our national borders,” Floros said. “Dr. Arvizu and I have many ideas and we have discussed those. Before we put them in place, we would like to listen to our faculty, to our staff and to our students. We would like to discuss those ideas with our administration and leadership teams and then prioritize that based on those discussions into an action plan.”

No word from Kansas State with regards to a search to replace Dr. Floros.


Source: New Mexico State University