About ACES Strategic Plan

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences positively affects the health, economy and environment of New Mexico through four focus areas, known as the ACES Pillars - food and fiber production and marketing, water use and conservation, family development and health of New Mexicans, and environmental stewardship. The Pillars give life to the mission of the college which is to be an engine for the economic and community development in New Mexico. In order to fulfil the mission, a strategic plan is necessary.

Dean Flores has noted, "The strategic plan is fundamental for the College as it is for any organization that wants to move forward producing a substantial impact. In the case of the ACES college that impact is to the lives of New Mexicans."

The ACES Strategic Planning Committee was established to develop a strategic plan for the college. In developing the plan, the committee reviewed the existing strategic plan, the SWOT analysis recently conducted by each department and unit in the college to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and other relevant information.


Dean Flores is appreciative of the fact that everyone in ACES contributed to the development of the strategic plan from its formative stages to the final plan. The implementation of the plan has started and the plan will be reviewed periodically. So, please feel free to email us your comments and suggestions.

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We encourage you to visit: https://nmsu.edu/LEADS/ to learn more about the NMSU strategic planning effort and to provide feedback on the process. We sincerely thank the ACES Strategic Planning Committee for devoting time and effort to this important project.

2019 to ACES Strategic Planning Process - 2018-2019

Planned Activity Current Status
Send plan to stakeholders, faculty, and staff July 15-July 31, 2019
Incorporate comments and create final formatted plan August 15-August 30, 2019-Completed
Revise final formatted plan and disseminate August 30-November 15, 2019-Completed

Strategic Plan Committee Members

Committee MemberEmail Address
Kathy Landers
Tribal Extension Program Coordinator, McKinley County Extension Office
County Program Director, McKinley County Extension Office
kalander@nmsu.edu
Teresa Dean
County Program Director
Ext. Livestock & 4-H Agent, Doña Ana County Extension Office
terestru@nmsu.edu
Craig Gifford
Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources
cgifford@nmsu.edu
Efren Delgado
Assistant Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences
edelgad@nmsu.edu
KC Carroll
Associate Professor/Water Resource Mgmnt, Plant & Environmental Sciences
kccarr@nmsu.edu
Brian Schutte
Asst. Professor/Weed Physiology, Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science (EPPWS)
bschutte@nmsu.edu
Owen Burney
Assistant Professor/Superintendent, Mora/John T. Harrington Forestry Research Center
oburney@nmsu.edu
Misty Haynes
Contract Administrator II, Business and Resource Planning
mihaynes@nmsu.edu
Michael Patrick
Associate Professor, Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business
Ext. Specialist/Economic Dev. Coordinator, Extension Economics
jmpat@nmsu.edu
Rolston St. Hilaire
Department Head/Professor, Plant & Environmental Sciences
Interim Department Head/Professor, Extension Plant Sciences
(Committee Chair)
rsthilai@nmsu.edu