President’s Office

A Proud Tradition,
A Commitment to Quality


Dr. John Gratton NMSU Carlsbad President

Dr. John Gratton
NMSU Carlsbad President

Welcome to the New Mexico State University at Carlsbad website.  I am extremely pleased that you are devoting your time and energy to researching the college’s diversified events and programs.  All of the NMSU Carlsbad staff is very proud of our college and we would relish the opportunity to have you join the college as a student or as an employee.  NMSU Carlsbad has experienced continuing growth over the past few semesters and the college plans to continue that growth by increasing course offerings and expanding dual credit, academic, and vocational programs.

NMSU Carlsbad was the first community college in New Mexico and was established in 1950 as the Carlsbad Instructional Center.  In 1953 NMSU Carlsbad became a part of the NMSU system, which was at the time known as the College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts.  Since that date, NMSU Carlsbad has increased in size, currently serving more than 2,000 students throughout Eddy County and employing approximately 105 full-time and 50 part-time employees.

NMSU Carlsbad is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and was one of the first institutions to be admitted to the HLC’s Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) which is an unique accreditation approach focused on continuous quality improvement.  Due to our commitment to quality and continuing improvement, NMSU Carlsbad has been recognized on three separate occasions by Quality New Mexico.

NMSU Carlsbad’s vision is to become “the premier institution of higher education in southeastern New Mexico.”  The college will strive to accomplish this vision by focusing on our mission which is to “provide access to quality educational opportunities and to support the economic and cultural life of the people of southeastern New Mexico.”

In order to accomplish this mission, quality must be stressed in all college operations and services.  As a comprehensive community college, we strive to meet the needs of all of our service area constituents by providing a broad spectrum of resources including academic and vocational training, dual credit programs of study, non-credit continuing education training, workforce development and contract training, small business development assistance, and online learning programs.  The college is committed to providing these opportunities which are vital to the success of Eddy County and southeastern New Mexico.

Thank you for visiting  and please feel free to contact our HR Department at (575) 234 – 9212 or one of our Counseling and Student Development staff at (575) 234 – 9337 if you have any questions or need additional information.



John Gratton