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NMSU's Domenici Institute names Garrey Carruthers as first director

New Mexico State University has named Garrey Carruthers, dean of the NMSU College of Business and vice president for economic development, as the first director of NMSU's Domenici Institute.



Garrey Carruthers, dean of the NMSU College of Business and vice president for economic development, will be the first director of NMSU's Domenici Institute. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

The institute is named for former Sen. Pete Domenici who retired last year as the longest-serving senator in New Mexico history. The institute's mission is to conduct public policy research, provide outreach with entrepreneurship and business incubation, assist in maintaining the Domenici Archives at the NMSU Library and sponsor an annual public policy conference.

"We have a big job," said Domenici. "There is still a lot of work to do for the people of New Mexico, especially in the areas of energy and the economy. I know New Mexico State University and the Domenici Institute will play an important role in tackling these issues."

The institute was made possible by a $10 million federal grant.

"This institute is not just a fitting tribute to one of New Mexico's most influential figures, but also a much needed tool for helping the state grow through outreach and research," Carruthers said.

"This is a very important project. It will allow us to bring together some of the best people and information to tackle some of the most pressing issues of today," said Bob Moulton, NMSU's interim executive vice president and provost.

Carruthers, who is also a former New Mexico governor, said the institute will focus on issues championed by the senator during his time in office, including economic development, energy, national security, natural resources, behavioral health and nuclear nonproliferation.