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 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.

We are interested in receiving your comments and questions.


ACES Strategic Planning Process - 2018

ActivityWho/ResourceSuggested Timeline
Present plan at Department Heads' Retreat Seek Department Heads' FeedbackRolston St. HilaireJuly 28
General announcement to ACESDean Rolando A. FloresJuly 23-31
Obtain existing plans and SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analyses from all unitsObtained from Claudia Trueblood | Steve LoringBy July 31
Send current ACES strategic plan for feedback and provide the guidance needed for feedback.Send link to plan - Jay Lillywhite Guidance: Evaluation of objectives, and how to measure effectivenessBy August 6
Appoint ACES Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) of nine to represent all ACES.ACES Dean appoints SPC from:
a) Six suggested by Planning Committee
b) Six recommend by Department Heads
c) Three recommended by Dean
July 23-August 6
Write a draft plan and check if plan is aligned with NMSU's Strategic Plan.ACES Strategic Planning CommitteeAugust 6-October 15
NMSU Performance MetricsNMSUExpected September 30
Send draft plan to all ACES departments/units, and stakeholders for feedbackAll ACES personnel and stakeholders. SPC will coordinate this effortOctober 1-November 2
Complete planACES SPCNovember 2- November 30
Open ACES ForumDean or SPC discusses plan with ACES faculty and staffNovember 30-December 14
Revise plan if neededTwo-three ACES SPC membersNovember 30-December 14
Create final formatted plan and disseminateVideo and print materials posted to ACES websiteDecember 19-January 15, 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)