NMSU Regents Professor Rolston St. Hilaire received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the New Mexico chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects earlier this month.
St. Hilaire, head of the Plant and Environmental Sciences and Extension Plant Sciences departments in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at NMSU, accepted the award Nov. 12 during the chapter’s gala in Albuquerque.
The award recognizes St. Hilaire for his service on the New Mexico Board of Landscape Architects. It also honors his work in advancing the principles of landscape architecture and for what the chapter described as his “careful stewardship, wise planning and artful design of built and natural environments.”
“This recognition is meaningful to me because my tenure on the board provided me with an opportunity to serve the citizens of New Mexico in a new way,” St. Hilaire said. “The mission of the New Mexico Landscape Architects Board is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. So, I was delighted to be part of this admirable mission for almost two decades.”
St. Hilaire served on the board, which regulates landscape architects, from March 2003 to October 2021. He was first appointed to the board by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and served subsequent terms under the administrations of former Gov. Susana Martinez and current Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. St. Hilaire completed a final term of service Oct. 29.
St. Hilaire served in various roles throughout his tenure on the board, including as chair, vice-chair and secretary/treasurer. He most recently served as chair of the Continuing Professional Education Committee, during which he oversaw petitions for approval of continuing professional education.
St. Hilaire joined NMSU in 1998 as an assistant professor of horticulture in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. He became a full professor in 2008 and department head in 2016. His research interests include landscape and ornamental horticulture, environmental stress physiology and molecular ecophysiology.
In 2020, St. Hilaire was named as a Regents Professor, NMSU’s highest faculty award. The recognition honors faculty who have made outstanding contributions to NMSU’s mission as a land-grant, Hispanic- and Minority-Serving, and Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research university. This year, he became head of the Extension Plant Sciences Department.
Author: Carlos Andres Lopez