Dr. Barbara Couture

In 2010, Dr. Barbara Couture became New Mexico State University’s 25th president. She leads the land-grant institution with four community colleges, cooperative extension offices in 33 counties, a network of off-campus agricultural science centers and the university campus in Las Cruces.

President Couture, who is known for her leadership in defining future issues for higher education, also chaired the Executive Committee for the Council on Academic Affairs for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) from 2008-2009.

Prior to her NMSU appointment, President Couture was the senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Fall 2004 -2009). Couture also served as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Washington State University in Pullman (1998- Spring 2004). She began her academic career as an assistant professor of English at Wayne State University in Detroit in 1980, was promoted to associate professor, achieved tenure in 1986 and achieved the rank of professor in 1994. At Wayne State, she also served as an associate dean for curriculum in the College of Liberal Arts (1990-91) and associate dean for metropolitan programs and summer sessions in the College of Lifelong Learning (1993-97), where she was responsible for the management of six extension campuses.

An award-winning author of six books, President Couture received the Outstanding Book Award at the 2000 Conference on College Composition and Communication for Toward a Phenomenological Rhetoric: Writing, Profession and Altruism.

President Couture earned her bachelor’s degree with high distinction from the University of Michigan (1970) where she also earned master and doctor of arts degrees in English language and literature (1973, 1980).

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