Greg Fant, associate vice president and deputy provost at New Mexico State University, will retire effective July 1, NMSU Provost Carol Parker has announced. | NMSU photo by Darren Phillips
New Mexico State University Provost Carol Parker announced that Greg Fant, associate vice president and deputy provost, has decided to retire effective July 1.
Fant has served as NMSU’s associate vice president and deputy provost since 2011. He was interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences twice, between 2007-2008 and 2009-2010. He has also been an associate dean, an assistant dean and head of NMSU’s music department.
He originally came to NMSU as the associate director of bands in 1990 and is a conductor, a saxophonist and a tenured professor in music.
Over the past 30 years, Fant has served NMSU in a variety of roles. As associate director of bands, Fant was responsible for the Pride Marching Band and the Tournament of Bands Marching Festival.
Highlights of his work include directing the Pride Band in a performance for the Prince of Monaco; updating the music education curriculum and leading the music department through a successful re-accreditation; working with College of Arts and Sciences colleagues to move the Center for the Arts from dream phase to groundbreaking; and most recently, leading the task force that established NMSU Online.
Fant said serving as deputy provost for nearly 10 years has given him the opportunity to work with almost every segment of the university system. He helped improved working relationships among the various campuses, led efforts to align student learning outcomes and has worked to improved faculty hiring processes along with many university policy revisions.
Reflecting on his years of service, Fant said he is grateful to work with so many wonderful faculty, staff and students that make NMSU an outstanding institution.
Parker said a national search will be conducted to find Fant’s successor.
Author: Adriana M. Chavez – NMSU