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 has been established to develop a strategic plan for the college. In developing the plan, the committee will review the current 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.

It is the hope of the committee, and of Dean Flores, that everyone in ACES contribute to the development of the strategic plan from its formative stages to the final plan. To facilitate faculty and staff contributions to the plan, please use the feedback feature of this webpage to send us your comments. At this time, the committee is soliciting your input on the current plan which can be found at http://aces.nmsu.edu/strategicplan/docs/ACES_strategic_plan 2015_4_10_2015.pdf. Specifically, please provide feedback regarding the performance indicators that are in the plan and those you think should be included.

As of Today...

As of today, the draft plan has been sent to the ACES department heads for feedback. At the same time, NMSU is working on the strategic plan at the system level. To keep the college and NMSU strategic work going at the same pace, we are adjusting the ACES strategic plan timeline. Thus, we will be sending the ACES Strategic Draft Plan to all ACES departments/units by mid-January 2019. By this time, the NMSU System Strategic plan should be ready. Both of us are part of the NMSU System Strategic Planning Process so we will be up to date on the NMSU system plan status.

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.

We are interested in receiving your comments and questions.


ACES Strategic Planning Process - 2018

Planned ActivitySuggested Timeline-Current Status
Present plan at Department Heads' Retreat and seek feedbackJuly 23, 2018 - Completed
General announcement to ACESJuly 23, 2018 - Completed
Obtain existing plans and SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analyses from all unitsBy July 31, 2018 - Completed
Send current ACES strategic plan for feedback and provide the guidance needed for feedback.Sept. 17, 2018- Completed
Website was created and feedback could be submitted through website.
Appoint ACES Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) of nine to represent all ACES. July 23-Aug. 6, 2018 - Completed
Committee of 10 appointed to represent faculty and staff.
Write ACES draft planNov. 30, 2018 - Completed
Request feedback from ACES unitsNov. 30, 2018 - Completed
Draft plan sent to Department Heads
Revise plan based on feedback received from Department Heads and NMSU PlanJan. - Feb., 2019
Send draft plan to all units and stakeholdersMarch, 2019
Paused to receive information on NMSU's planDec. - Jan., 2018
Revise plan if neededMay, 2019
Finalize plan and disseminateJuly, 2019

Strategic Plan Committee Members

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