NMSU Space Committee Membership

NamePositionRepresentsTermAppointed by
James MurphyCo-Chair/Ex OfficioProvost OfficeInterimProvost
Heather WatenpaughCo-Chair/Ex-OfficioUniversity ArchitectPERMSVP A&F
Scott EschenbrennerMemberOffice of the President3 YRPresident
Ermelinda QuintelaMemberVice Chancellor/Strategic Chief Financial Officer3 YRSFO
Jamie BronsteinMemberFaculty Senate3 YRProvost
Leslie EdgarMemberACES3 YRProvost
James MurphyMemberArts & Sciences3 YRProvost
Mary Jo BilliotMemberBusiness3 YRProvost
Gabe GarciaMemberEngineering3 YRProvost
Juanita HannanMemberCollege of Health, Education, and Social Transformation3 YRProvost
Kate TerpisMemberLibrary3 YRProvost
Dacia SedilloMemberVP Student Success3 YRProvost
Jacob NevarezMemberAuxiliary Services3 YRSVP A&F
VacantMemberAssoc. VP Facilities and ServicesPERMSVP A&F
Dianna FryeMemberInformation & Communication Tech.3 YRSVP A&F
Ross JustusMemberSVP for Admin and Finance3 YRSVP A&F
Kristin B. LudwigMemberVP for Advancement3 YRVP Adv
Alisha GironMemberVP for Research/Dean Graduate School3 YRVP Research
Anthony ParraMemberNew Mexico Dept. of Agriculture3 YRSecretary
Herb TaylorMemberAthletics3 YRAthletic Dir.
Robert HerreraEx OfficioFacilities and Services, PDEPERMAVP F&S
Orasa VaughtEx Officio (Non-Voting)Facilities and Services, Space PlanningPERMAVP F&S
Edelmira Estrada OrozcoSupport (Non-Voting)Facilities and Services, Space PlanningPERMAVP F&S
Updated June 1, 2022


Member Responsibilities

Committee members are selected on the basis of one or more of the following:

  1. the specific responsibilities related to their position (ex officio);

  2. their particular expertise, knowledge, or interest relating to the responsibilities of the committee and/or the campus in general; or,

  3. to represent the interests of a particular constituent group.

In recognition of the importance of NMSU’s commitment to shared governance, participative governance processes actively solicit input, advice, and perspective from all campus constituencies to inform the institution’s administrative leadership regarding campus issues, policies, and procedures that impact the direction of the institution.

Therefore, in addition to the active participation in committee activities by each member, the responsibilities of committee members who represent a constituent group, and particularly those who represent an NMSU governance body (e.g., Faculty Senate, ASNMSU), include regular, timely reports to their governance body and dissemination of appropriate and relevant information to their constituents, as well as reciprocal solicitation of constituent group input regarding issues before for the committee.

Appointed Members

The Provost appoints the Faculty Senate representative and College and Departmental representatives from nominees submitted from their respective organizations to three year terms
with no limit on the number of terms. Members are encouraged to send proxies when they unable to attend and these substitutes have voting privileges.

Ex Officio Members

The ex officio members may choose to designate a regular representative to attend in their stead and exercise voting rights; however, the ex officio member may choose to attend any meeting in place of their designee, and may exercise their voting right. Each member shall have only one regular vote (i.e. by either ex officio or designee).


  • The first order of business for this committee shall be:

  • Establish an Executive Committee capable of making recommendations to the larger body.

  • Review and modify the membership list as needed for equitable representation.

  • Establish a rotation for the members so that 1/3 of the terms expire in any given year.

  • Develop operational procedures and exceptions in recognition of the fact that large areas of Auxiliary Space are connected to specific income streams and bond obligations and that many other facilities have requirements that will preclude oversight by this committee; these would include but not be limited to animal care, specialized research activities, food service and athletic event venues.