Kari Mitchell is CEO of Las Cruces Machine, a manufacturing and engineering company in Mesilla Park, New Mexico. Mitchell is the founder of The Bridge Of Southern New Mexico, an incubator of New Mexico’s first early to college high school, and co-founder of the Regional Education Initiative. Additionally, Mitchell founded the Employability Partnership Board, served as chairman of the board for the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance, and served on the board of directors for the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce. Previously, Mitchell was director of the human resources merge and acquisition team for the Houston Methodist health care system in Houston, Texas. She holds a bachelor's of science in Marketing and Management and a master's of business administration from the University of Houston.
Dr. Garrey Carruthers
Dr. Garrey Carruthers is the current President of New Mexico State University. He has extensive experience in both the public and private sector. In his public life, Carruthers served as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, was an Assistant U.S. Secretary of the Interior, and served as Governor of New Mexico. In business, he was the President and CEO of the Cimarron Health Plan for over a decade. Carruthers earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at NMSU and received his doctorate in economics at Iowa State University in 1968. Dr. Carruthers has been married to Kathy for 53 years and has three children and six grandchildren.
Born in Albuquerque on November 22, 1951, Stan Rounds entered the teaching profession in 1973 as a high school mathematics teacher and coach in the Albuquerque Public Schools. For nearly 20 years, Rounds served as a public school superintendent in Des Moines, Alamogordo and Hobbs. In 2005, he retired from Hobbs Public Schools after 10 years as that district’s superintendent. He became superintendent of Las Cruces Public Schools in February 2007. Rounds also served as the associate superintendent of Finance for the New Mexico Public Education Department and one year as the financial analyst for the New Mexico Legislative Education Study Committee. Rounds earned his bachelor’s degree in Education (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Albuquerque in 1973, and a master’s of arts in Educational Administration from the University of New Mexico in 1978.