Presidents of NMSU - Waded Cruzado
Dr. Waded Cruzado was appointed interim president at New Mexico State University in August 2008. She was appointed as executive vice president and provost in 2007 and, previously, she served a four-year term as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, providing oversight and leadership to the largest academic unit at NMSU.
As executive vice president and provost, Cruzado provided leadership for the accreditation visit by the Higher Learning Commission in 2008, which resulted in the institution receiving full accreditation for a 10-year term. During her tenure as Dean at NMSU, the College of Arts and Sciences obtained a $4.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation for the establishment of the Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics and received the first two endowed chairs in its history.
Prior to coming to NMSU, Cruzado-Salas served four years as arts and sciences dean at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. She earned her Ph.D. in humanities at the University of Texas-Arlington in 1990, having also earned her master's in Spanish there. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico in 1982 with a bachelor's in comparative literature.