Lowell Catlett, Ph.D.
Dr. Lowell B. Catlett is a Regent’s Professor at New Mexico State University (NMSU) and is Dean and Chief Administrative Officer for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. He is an exciting futurist whose knowledge of technologies and their implications on the way we will live and work is addressed in his varied and upbeat presentations. Dr. Catlett is internationally known as an expert in derivatives and is in demand as a speaker and consultant on predicting and planning for near-and long-term futures. His presentations are thought-provoking and highly entertaining.
Dr. Catlett earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and economics from West Texas State University, his master’s in Agricultural economics at NMSU and his doctorate in economics at Iowa State University. Dr. Catlett has twice received the Don C. Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Burlington Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding University Teaching. In 1994 he was one of two Western Regional recipients of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges “Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences Award.” Dr. Catlett received the Carl F. Hertz Distinguished Service in Agricultural Award in 2007 from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. He was awarded the “2007 Distinguished Alumni Award” from West Texas State University. In 2010 Dr. Catlett received the Henry A. Wallace Award which was established in 1978 to honor an Iowa State University alumnus who has made an outstanding contribution to National or international agriculture in writing, teaching, research and leadership. He received the New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award in 2013 from the Governor of the state because of his dedication to public service and to the betterment of life in New Mexico.
In addition to his selection in 2002 as a member of the original class of six New Mexico State University Regents Professors, Dr. Catlett has received every teaching award the university offers, including the Westhafer Award for Teaching in 1990.
He is a consultant to the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Defense and Labor, and the World Bank. He is on the Board of Trustees of the International Food Information Council. He has also been a consultant to many Fortune 500 companies.
Lowell and his wife Joni share their home in Mesilla, New Mexico with several dogs, a passel of cats and a barn full of bats!