Tech Names New Associate V.P. Of Administration and Finance

Tech Names New Associate V.P. Of Administration and Finance

Charles Hendrickson of NMMI Joins Administrative Staff

New Mexico Tech has named a new Associate Vice President of Finance and Administration. Charles Hendrickson, who has been at the New Mexico Military Institute for 10 years, will join the Tech staff on May 16.

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Charles Hendrickson


“I think he’s a perfect fit,” said Richard Cervantes, V.P. of Administration and Finance. “We had some very good candidates, but Charles stood out. He has experience budgeting and accounting at an institutional level similar to the systems we have in place at NMT.”

Hendrickson said he looks forward to joining the Tech campus community.

“The institute [NMMI] does a lot of collaborative work with New Mexico Tech and I have seen how things work academically,” he said. “I’ve always been impressed with the teaching and the extent of the research.”

Cervantes said Hendrickson’s experience with the Banner software system and as an internal auditor will help him transition smoothly into the position.

“Charles is a CPA and has both public and internal audit experience, so we will want to take advantage of his expertise,” Cervantes said. “He also shares some of the same philosophies as I have – a sense of service to the employees in the institution. We want to make sure we are focusing on the strategic goals of the university and employees are engaged in moving the organization forward.”

Hendrickson earned a bachelor’s in business administration from New Mexico State University in 1987 and a bachelor of accountancy in 1991. He became a CPA in 1992. He worked in private industry for 10 years in Roswell and Carlsbad in various positions, including comptroller, senior staff accountant, and chief financial officer. He joined Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell in 2001 as the director of budget and finance. He moved to NMMI in 2006 as assistant chief financial officer and internal auditor. 

Hendrickson is no stranger to New Mexico Tech and Socorro. His daughter, Brianna, graduated with a bachelor’s in environmental engineering at Tech in 2014.

“We spent a lot of time in Socorro over those four years,” Hendrickson said. “We grew to love the school, the academics, the campus and a lot of the people we got to know. It’s a nice place to visit, so I knew it had to be a great place to work.”

He also spent time in Socorro as a child. His father took a job with the State of New Mexico when Charles was three years old and they stayed through his third grade year. He attended Zimmerly Elementary School and has fond memories of exploring the town and the campus.

He and his wife have family in Albuquerque and in Truth or Consequences, so he is excited to be centrally located for family reasons as well.

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