Ermelinda Quintela has four degrees from NM State. She began her academic career at NM State Carlsbad where she receive an associate’s degree in pre-business before transferring to the Las Cruces campus for a bachelor’s degree in business administration as well as a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1988. She received her Certified Public Accountant status in 1991 and earned a master’s degree in accounting in 1994. Quintela has held positions in various industries, including internal auditor for El Paso Electric Company, auditor for Arthur Andersen and senior vice president for State National Bank, currently known as BBVA Compass Bank.
Quintela has previously served NM State in a variety of roles. In 1992, she worked with the university’s grant and contract accounting department. In 2005, she accepted a position with the Advancement Office as Director of Gift and Foundation Accounting. From 2005-07, she was asked to assist the Physical Science Laboratory (PSL) as its senior administrative director. From 2007-08, she served as Executive Director of Alumni, and currently, serves as the Associate Athletic Director, Business and Finance.
Quintela’s current and past community service and professional associations range from board membership with the Mesilla Valley Hospice, Mesilla Valley Hospice Foundation, United Blood Services, NM State Foundation, NM State Alumni Association, Junior Achievement of the Southwest, Rio Grande Girl Scout Council, Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, Texas Society of CPA’s and others.