New Mexico State University President Barbara Couture has announced that John Gratton has been selected to be the next president of New Mexico State University-Carlsbad.
Gratton will begin his new position Jan. 16. He is currently vice president for instruction at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs.
"I am pleased we were able to attract a person with such outstanding credentials for this important role," Couture said. "President Gratton understands the vital challenges and opportunities at NMSU-Carlsbad, and I am eager to see the impact he will have as leader of that campus."
Gratton will replace current NMSU-C President Russell Hardy, who became director of the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring & Research Center Jan. 1. In his new position, Hardy will lead the NMSU partnership with Los Alamos National Labs, Sandia National Laboratory and URS Washington TRU Solutions. Hardy served as president at NMSU-C for three years.