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 75)
Alamosa, Colorado, U.S.
Political party Republican
Profession Professor

Garrey Edward Carruthers (born August 29, 1939) is an American politician, academic and former Governor of New Mexico.

Carruthers currently serves as president of New Mexico State University. 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 New Mexico State University, state chair of the Republican Party Of New Mexico from 1977 to 1979, assistant secretary of interior for land and resources from 1981 to 1984, the 27th Governor of New Mexico from 1987 to 1991, and was president and CEO of the Cimarron Health Plan from 1993 to 2003.[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.

On June 6, 2008, Carruthers was elected to serve on the First State Bancorporation Board of Directors (NASDAQ:FSNM) according to a press release issued by the bank. Mr. Carruthers was appointed to serve on the Compensation and Nominating Committees of the Board. First State Bank is a New Mexico based bank holding company currently operating in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona.[2]

Carruthers was elected Governor of New Mexico as a Republican in 1986, a major focal point in his race was reinstating the death penalty, resulting in outgoing Democratic Governor Toney Anaya commuting the sentences of all men on death row in protest.[3]

In 2003, Carruthers was named dean of NMSU's College of Business. While at the university, he has focused on entrepreneurship, leadership and ethics. He helped establish NMSU's economic development operation, the Arrowhead Center, and served as the university's vice president for economic development. Carruthers was instrumental in founding NMSU's Domenici Institute and continues to serve as its director.[4]

In 2013, Carruthers became a finalist to become president of New Mexico State University.[5]

Views on science[edit]

Questioned by faculty at an on-campus meeting on his candidacy to become NMSU president in 2013, Carruthers asserted that there was not a scientific consensus on climate change. He stated: "I don't know. I'm an economist. I don't do global warming. It's a scientific judgment that I can't make."[5]

In a letter, four state representatives said that science, particularly climate change, is an essential issue for NMSU. They raised concerns about Carruthers' involvement in TASSC, claiming "a clear history of industry involvement in staking out positions opposing now widely held beliefs regarding public health and the environment."[6]

In response, Carruthers expressed disagreement with the stance of The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition on the risks of second-hand smoke. "I'm four-square against second-hand smoke," Carruthers said in an interview with the Albuquerque Journal. "I don't think people should smoke, and second-hand smoke is detrimental to other people's health."[7]


  1. ^ National Governors Association Biography
  2. ^ SOURCE: First State Bank Press Release
  3. ^ "Death: Penalty Parting Shot". Time Magazine. 1986-12-08. 
  4. ^ "About the President". 
  5. ^ a b Rene Romo (2013-04-23). "Carruthers makes pitch for NMSU president seat". Albuquerque Journal. 
  6. ^ Lindsey Anderson (2013-05-02). "State reps rap Carruthers over tobacco, climate change views". Las Cruces Sun-News. 
  7. ^ Rene Romo (2013-05-02). "Carruthers led effort backed by tobacco firm". Albuquerque Journal. 
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