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NMSU names new Chief Information Officer

New Mexico State University has selected Norma Grijalva as the university’s Chief Information Officer/Associate Vice President of Information Technology. Grijalva has been serving in the position on an interim basis since June 2013.

Norma Grijalva has been chosen as New Mexico State University’s new Chief Information Officer. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

“Norma brings with her more than 25 years of professional experience and extensive institutional knowledge,” said Angela Throneberry, senior vice president for administration and finance. “She has served in various capacities within the department during the years and we look forward to her continued leadership in our technology efforts at NMSU.”

Grijalva began her career at NMSU in 1987 as an engineer with the Physical Science Laboratory. Since then she has served in a number of positions, including director of telecommunication and networking services and most recently as deputy chief information officer.

“When I started at ICT, the Internet as we know it did not exist, the first browser didn’t exist. There were green screen labs and most students didn’t have computers and used telephone land lines,” Grijalva said. “Today we estimate the average NMSU student has at least four Internet-connected devices: a laptop, tablet, smart phone and a gaming device. To satisfy the high volume demand for faster service, we have installed enough miles of fiber optic cable on this campus to go to the moon and back.”

Grijalva earned her bachelor’s in science, a master’s in electrical engineering and a doctorate in education management/curriculum and instruction, all from New Mexico State University.

As the Chief Information officer, Grijalva will be responsible for providing institution-wide leadership and direction in the management and operation of technology provided to NMSU’s students, faculty and staff.

“I see the promise of technology for education as twofold: reaching into the classroom to facilitate active learning; and providing access to those folks in remote areas of the state who otherwise might never have the opportunity to pursue higher education,” Grijalva said.