New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers has named deputy provost Greg Fant as interim executive vice president and provost.
The executive vice president and provost is the chief academic officer at NMSU and serves as the university's chief executive in the president's absence. Carruthers named Fant to fill the post while he searches for a permanent provost. Last week Carruthers indicated he might hire one of the candidates he recently beat out for the job as university president.
As interim executive vice president and provost, NMSU says Fant will work to support the university's education, research and public service programs. Two areas he is currently focusing on include classroom space issues and strengthening the pathways for community college students into NMSU's Las Cruces campus.