LAS CRUCES — New Mexico State University President John Floros is stepping down and Chancellor Dan Arvizu is becoming the leader of the university’s main campus in Las Cruces and the NMSU system.

Floros and Arvizu said Friday in separate letters to the university community that Arvizu decided to reduce what has been their separate posts to one position, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

“Now, it’s time for our university to return to a more common leadership structure,” Arvizu said.

Floros said he would help with the transition and then take a yearlong sabbatical.

Arvizu and Floros were hired in 2018, starting with base salaries of $500,000 and $450,000, respectively, plus bonuses and other benefits.

No-confidence resolutions approved last fall by the faculty senate and the student government questioned the salaries of Floros and Arvizu and called for the removal of Floros and then-Provost Carol Parker due to leadership failures.

Parker was placed on paid leave last November.

University spokesman Justin Bannister said Floros’ stepping down was unrelated to the resolutions.

Floros and Arvizu said their joint accomplishments included establishing strategic goals for NMSU, stabilizing enrollment numbers after years of drops and pushing through the pandemic.

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Mike Johnson

Well of course this was long overdue, and it took the current board of regents far too long to act. As a loyal Aggie alum, the previous board of regents made a huge mistake to fill one job (after an expensive and. wasteful search) with 2 people making much more each than the previous occupant of the job. And the previous occupant was supremely qualified and experienced to do the job (and volunteered to stay a few more years), these two, not so much. People really need to read the charges the faculty senate and students brought against this group. It is a typical example of where higher education is in NM, UNM is not better, they just haven't been exposed yet. When students are paying their hard earned (and borrowed) money for ever higher tuition year after year, and the administration is bloated, overstaffed, and corrupt, something needs to change. Maybe this will send a wake-up call to legislators about the dire need to overhaul higher education in this state.

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