Presidents of NMSU - Manuel T. Pacheco
Dr. Manuel T. Pacheco was appointed interim president at New Mexico State University in June 2009 and again in October 2012. Pacheco, a New Mexico native and former president of the University of Arizona and the University of Missouri, led the university for six months while a national search was under way for a permanent president. He previously acted in a similar capacity at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M.
Pacheco, whose long list of honors includes everything from Father of the Year in Tucson, Ariz., to being named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America by Hispanic Business Magazine, is a former Fulbright Fellow and the winner of the Hispanic Achievement Trailblazer Award from Hispanic Magazine. He also was the president of the University of Houston-Downtown and Laredo State University, and is a Distinguished Alumnus of The Ohio State University.
Pacheco earned his Ph.D. in foreign language education in 1969 and a master's in Spanish in 1966, both from The Ohio State University. He has a bachelor's from New Mexico Highlands University and also studied at Universite de Montpellier, France.