11 senior staff retire from NMSU’s technology unit. What happens now?

LAS CRUCES – Many senior staffers retired from New Mexico State University at the end of June, but few units experienced as large of a group retiring as Information and Communications Technology Services.

Eleven senior staff retired as a group from NMSU ICT, averaging 27.4 years of service between them.

The unit’s Chief Information Officer Norma Grijalva was among the retirees with 34 years at NMSU. The other retirees held the positions of directors, managers and staff of the services unit she led.

“They really set us up for the future; it was an amazing group,” said NMSU Vice Chancellor and Strategic Chief Financial Officer Ruth Johnston about the 11 retired staff members.

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This mass retirement was part of NMSU’s Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program, which was announced in October 2020 amid anticipated budget cuts.

Johnston said that although about 150 employees took advantage of the retirement incentive program university-wide.

New Mexico State University Vice Chancellor and Strategic Chief Financial Officer Ruth A. Johnston has been named president of the Western Association of College and University Business Officers, a professional development and networking organization for university business leaders.

She said that although these retirements were triggered by the budget cuts, they were also inspired by the university’s long-term goals, a strategy called LEADS 2025.

“We’re looking at everything from, yes, budget, of course, but also appropriate staffing levels, compensation levels, process improvement,” Johnston said. “We have a lot of things that are still manual that we’d like to make automated. We’re doing a review of our policies. It’s really a comprehensive look at how to make NMSU the most effective and efficient.”

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