ICT Leadership Team


Thomas E. Bunton
Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer


Bunton has more than 20 years of experience in information technology and has held various leadership positions at University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and Purdue University prior to his position at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he began as director of technology and infrastructure operations and within two years was promoted to associate vice chancellor and chief operations officer position where he is responsible for the strategic vision and leadership of information technology initiatives for the university.

Sherry Kollmann, vice provost for digital learning initiatives, chaired the 12-person search committee that began in September with the assistance of a professional firm, which identified candidates for the committee to review through the next few months.


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Carlos Lobato
Chief Information Security Officer
Carlos attended NMSU and received a Bachelors in accounting, a Bachelors Business Computer Systems, and a Masters in Business Administration. Carlos has been working for NMSU since January 2012.

Trust, but verify.
--- Ronald Reagan

In 2012, Lobato became NMSU’s first IT compliance officer for the NMSU system to ensure information technology compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations. In 2017, he was appointed by Chancellor Dan Arvizu to the position of chief privacy officer for the NMSU system, where he implemented a privacy program, conducting IT risk assessments, promoting IT and data security-related training and awareness programs and monitoring NMSU systems via auditing and compliance activities in support of the university’s mission and goals.

With more than 20 years of professional experience in the corporate and banking industry, higher education and local government entities, Lobato is among participants in the NACUBO Emerging Leaders Program representing 58 institutions in 27 states, ranging from roles in academic or auxiliary business units to officers in central administrative roles.

Lobato was raised in Mexico with Spanish as his first language. He emigrated to New Mexico as a teenager and graduated from Deming High School, going on earn two bachelor’s degrees from NMSU in 2000 in business computer systems and accounting. He also earned his master’s degree in business administration at NMSU. He is a current licensed certified public accountant (CPA) in New Mexico and holds various professional auditing and information security certifications.


Robert Doyle
Chief Privacy Officer/IT Compliance Officer

Robert Doyle joined NMSU in October 2000. He currently serves as the NMSU systems Interim Chief Privacy Officer/IT Compliance Officer and is a College Assistant Professor. Robert received his Bachelor of Engineering Technology- ICT in August 2012 from NMSU. He has taught at NMSU in several capacities since 2004. Robert served as a Teaching Technician IV/Instructor for many years and was previously the systems IT Auditor. He was also an Assistant professor at Dona Ana-NMSU for four years. Robert was also a Distinguished Alumni in 2014 and is currently a member of ISACA, the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA), and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Educause, and National Cybersecurity Association and holds various networking and information security certifications. In addition, Robert has served as Board President with La Casa Inc. He has volunteered with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Spaceport America Cup, NMSU Foundation, NMSU Alumni Association, and other community agencies. Robert also established the David Valdez Memorial Cybersecurity Endowed Scholarship to help DACC students pursue a career in Cybersecurity.



Randey Bamford
Planning Officer/ Director of Student Technology & Planning
Randey attended college at NMSU and received a Bachelor’s in Biology.  He then received a Masters degree in English.

You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!
---Rudyard Kipling




Dianna Frye
Business Affairs Officer
Dianna attended college at Western New Mexico University (WNMU) where she received a Bachelors in Business Accounting.  Dianna has been working for NMSU since October of 2006.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
Albert Einstein



Pamela Jeffries
Enterprise Application Service Director
Pam earned her BBA in Business Computer Systems and a minor in Economics. She has served in a variety of roles during her tenure with NMSU’s central IT organization including IT Manager, Financial Information Services, IT Assistant Director, Enterprise Application Services and most recently IT Assistant Director, Project Management Office.




Lori Montoya
Director, Analytics & Decision Support, ICT Computer Center

Lori earned a Bachelor of Accountancy and Bachelor of Business Computer Systems from NMSU. Lori started her career at NMSU in 2000 in the Financial Aid & Scholarship department. Early in her career, she served in a systems analyst role to support the implementation of the Banner Student and Financial Aid modules. In 2006, Lori transitioned into a reporting role under the Administration and Finance Division where the focus changed to reporting and data modeling on Finance and Human Resource data. In her current role as the Director of Analytics and Decision Support, she is focused on progressing data analytics, data warehousing and institutional reporting across all the enterprise to support NMSU's mission and strategic plan.



Diana Dugas
Instruction and Research Support Director, ICT Computer Center

Diana Dugas earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Rice University (2007, Houston, TX) and her double B.S. in Biology and Mathematics at Southwestern University (Georgetown, TX). In Spring 2014, Diana started at NMSU as a post-doc in Biology before transitioning to ICT in Fall 2016 as the Cyber Infrastructure Architect.

Mother Earth is our first teacher. She has informed us that oneness does not equal sameness. She shows us this through the harmonious balance that is held in the rich biodiversity that exists within our world. To achieve oneness we must transcend our differences and embrace the integration of every individual aspect of humanity into the whole, knowing that all healthy systems are comprised of complexity and an abundance of diversity.
--- Sherri Mitchell Weh'na Ha'mu Kwasset



Curtis Ewing
Computing and Communication Infrastructure Director

Too much sanity may be madness - and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be.
--- Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra



BJ Maestas
Interim Director, Student & Business Solutions

BJ Maestas earned his Bachelor of Business Computer Systems from NMSU. BJ started his career in developing software for top banks in the US and also did some consulting. He started at NMSU in 2004 in the Financial Systems Administration office as a Leads Systems Analyst and helped implement Banner Finance & Security. BJ has had many roles supporting Administration & Finance including Project Manager and Interim Director. The current role he is in supports many of the IT needs and systems for Student Success, Administration & Finance, and Auxiliary Administration.