LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Former New Mexico Gov. Garrey Carruthers is one five finalists to become president of New Mexico State University.
Also in the running are former University of Nevada, Las Vegas President David Ashley, former Texas Tech President Guy Bailey, University of Colorado Denver Dean Daniel Howard and Texas A&M President Emeritus Elsa Murano.
Search committee chair Larry Lujan gave the names to regents on Tuesday.
The finalists will visit the university later this month for interviews, and the regents are expected to select the new president by early May.
The NMSU regents removed Barbara Couture as president last fall after fewer than three years at the university's helm.
Carruthers has been dean of the university's business college since 2003. He was governor from 1987 to 1990.