Arrowhead CEO works to extend innovation statewide

Friday, January 17, 2014

Article by Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES >> Kathy Hansen has spent the last six months leading New Mexico State University's Arrowhead Center through a period of continued expansion and transition.

Since becoming the center's director and CEO in July, she's helped shape the innovation hub's mission to boost economic development in the region and across the state.

But that's nothing new for Hansen - or Arrowhead Center, for that matter.

The center is a work in progress, constantly developing as it adds resources and expands its outreach.

Hansen has been part of that work - initially serving as its chief operating officer - since she helped found it in 2004.

"Arrowhead really got its start out of the business college, through Garrey Carruthers, who was the dean then," Hansen said. "But our intention from the beginning was to be a university-wide endeavor. One of my top goals in my new role is to continue to strengthen our relationship with each of the colleges and research units on campus, because innovation and discovery can happen in any discipline."

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