Presidents of NMSU - James E. Halligan
When appointed as NMSU's 17th president, James E. Halligan held the posts of Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Interim Chancellor at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. A native of Iowa, he earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering at Iowa State University. His years as president are remembered for rapid growth in student enrollment and in research and development. Halligan resigned from NMSU in July of 1994, to assume the Presidency of Oklahoma State University.