President Wells: ‘We are New Mexico’s Starship’

President Wells: ‘We are New Mexico’s Starship’

NMT Officially Inducts Stephen Wells as 17th President

SOCORRO, N.M. – New Mexico Tech inducted the 17th president of the university today, officially marking the tenure of Dr. Stephen G. Wells.

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NMT Board President Deborah Peacock introduces the university’s 17th president Dr. Stephen G. Wells (right), who is wearing the newly-created Presidential Medallion. Behind Peacock are board members Myissa Weiss and Jerry Armijo.


Dr. Wells took over in July, upon the retirement of former president Dr. Daniel H. Lopez, who had served as president for 23 years.

University faculty in full regalia, staff and students, as well as community members and officials from other universities, congregated in the Macey Center on campus. In introducing Wells, Board of Regents President Deborah Peacock presented him with the presidential medallion, which includes the names of all 17 university presidents.

Dr. Larry Lattman, who served as the 15th president of New Mexico Tech, provided a keynote talk during the induction. Lattman, who was also Wells’ graduate school advisor in the 1970s, said New Mexico Tech is in good hands.

Lattman recounted Wells’ career achievements and praised him leadership skills. He said that Wells, in addition to being a brilliant scientist and natural leader, is also delightful, charming, calm and doesn’t get rattled.

“Tech will move forward at full speed under the leadership of Steve Wells,” Lattman said in closing.

Wells opened his address by pledging to be the university’s “Miner-in-Chief” and that he will polish the gem that is New Mexico Tech. He spoke at length about the university’s Strategic Plan and how he will spearhead the campus-wide effort to build the university.

Wells, who was a professor at the University of New Mexico for 15 years, said that the state has a flagship university in UNM, but has another ship that is a unique and nimble vessel.

“We are New Mexico’s starship,” he said to close his address. He then led the recessional as the New Mexico Tech Chamber Orchestra played the theme from Star Trek.

The university then hosted an outdoor dance and dinner to celebrate the occasion.

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