New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2012
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
Dr. Lowell Catlett
Dr. Lowell Catlett, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University (NMSU), is adding a 2013 N.M. Distinguished Public Service Award to his résumé. He also is a recipient of NMSU’s Westhafer Award, the highest award given to a professor. Dr. Catlett twice has received the University’s Don C. Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching; and also is a recipient of the prestigious Burlington Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding University Teaching, among a host of accolades.

Dr. Catlett was one of only six professors at NMSU selected in 2002 to be recognized as a Regents Professor, a program that continues to honor the top senior faculty at the University. Regents Professorships were established by the NMSU Board of Regents to recognize faculty who have made outstanding contributions to NMSU’s mission as a land-grant doctoral research university; they are conferred as a lifetime honor.

As a Regents Professor, Dr. Catlett serves as a distinguished academic whose leadership, critical thinking and advice help guide all faculty of the university; serves as a role model and mentor for the university and its community colleges; helps NMSU to address critical needs or other issues of concern; and serves on future review committees for this award and other appropriate university-wide committees or advising groups.

As dean, Dr. Catlett began his tenure by guiding a “visioning” process for the college that included establishing a Vision Team, developing surveys and sponsoring open forums. The process resulted in developing a new name for the college that better reflected the diversity of the departments in the newly named College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. The college has made numerous advancements during his seven-year deanship, including projects to help Iraq and Afghanistan to rebuild their country’s agricultural systems, following the model of the Cooperative Extension Service.

The college has posted advances in research activities through the Agricultural Experiment Station, ranging from a unique partnership with the City of Tucumcari’s wastewater treatment plant and a nearby college science center to examine potential uses of effluent water; to establishing a new wine grape test vineyard near the Las Cruces campus. Academic advances include a partnership with other colleges to develop doctoral programs in economic development and water science and management.

Dr. Catlett is a recognized expert in marketing economics, futures markets and production economics. He is the author of numerous books and articles; and works nationally and internationally with corporations and organizations doing futuristic planning on the impacts of technology on careers, lifestyles and the economy. He has been a visiting professor or delivered invited presentations at more than 75 universities, including Harvard, MIT, Cornell and the University of Illinois.