Garrey Carruthers

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Garrey Carruthers
27th Governor of New Mexico
In office
January 1, 1987 – January 1, 1991
Lieutenant Mike Runnels
Preceded by Toney Anaya
Succeeded by Bruce King
Personal details
Born Garrey Edward Carruthers
(1939-08-29) August 29, 1939 (age 82)
Alamosa, Colorado, U.S.
Political party Republican
Profession Professor

Garrey Edward Carruthers (born August 29, 1939) is an American politician, academi,c and former Governor of New Mexico. He currently serves as president of New Mexico State University (NMSU). He previously served as special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 1974 to 1975, director of the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute at NMSU, state chair of the Republican Party Of New Mexico from 1977 to 1979, and assistant Secretary of Interior for land and resources from 1981 to 1984.[1]

Carruthers earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from New Mexico State University. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University.

Carruthers, a Republican, was elected the 27th Governor of New Mexico in 1986. A major focal point of the race was reinstating the death penalty, resulting in outgoing Democratic Governor Toney Anaya commuting the sentences of all men on death row in protest.[2] Carruthers term ended in 1991 and he could not seek reelection due to New Mexico term limit rules at the time. Carruthers was replaced by returning Democratic governor Bruce King.

After leaving office, Carruthers was president and CEO of the Cimarron Health Plan from 1993 to 2003.[1] In 2003, Carruthers was named dean of NMSU's College of Business, where he helped establish NMSU's economic development operation, the Arrowhead Center, and served as the university's vice president for economic development. Carruthers also helped found NMSU's Domenici Institute and serves as its director.[3] In May 2013 Carruthers was elected president of NMSU by the Board of Regents in a 3-2 vote.[4]


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  4. "Former Gov. Garrey Carruthers to lead New Mexico State University". Santa Fe New Mexican. Associated Press. May 6, 2013. Retrieved December 31, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Political offices
Preceded by
Toney Anaya
Governor of New Mexico
Succeeded by
Bruce King
Academic offices
Preceded by
Barbara Couture
President of New Mexico State University
Succeeded by