University General Counsel Staff


Download the complete University General Counsel Organizational Chart (3/10/22)

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Roy Collins, III

LL.M. 1991, The John Marshall School of Law; J.D. 1986, University of Houston Law Center.

Roy Collins III joined NMSU as General Counsel July 2019.  Before joining NMSU, Collins served as Associate General Counsel at the University of Hartford (2010-2019) (also as Interim General Counsel 2016-2017), as Associate General Counsel at Idaho State University (2006-2010), and as Assistant General Counsel at Texas Southern University (2003-2006).  Prior to his in-house positions representing institutions of higher education, Collins worked in private practice and held positions at Chrysler Corporation, Texas Engineering Experiment Station, McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Company and General Dynamics.



Scott Field

J.D. 2008, Arizona State University.

Scott Field joined the NMSU University General Counsel office in 2016 after seven years as a commercial litigator.  Field’s primary areas of focus include NMSU’s Real Estate Office and Aggie Development, Inc., the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, NMSU’s Athletics, Arrowhead Center, Inc., contract negotiation, litigation support, data privacy, and sponsored research. Field also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a Bachelor’s of Science from Texas A&M University.


Mariah Ortiz

J.D. 2018, Texas Southern University – Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Mariah Ortiz, once a student of NMSU, has returned to her alma mater as Assistant General Counsel. Prior to her return to NMSU, Mariah worked as a legal fellow with Lone Star College’s General Counsel Office. Before making the shift to in-house positions, Mariah worked at an immigration services nonprofit organization representing clients in immigration court proceedings. Mariah’s primary responsibilities include procurement matters, inspection of public records requests, and academic affiliation agreements. Mariah received her B.A. in Government from NMSU in 2014.


Estela Heredia

B.B.A. New Mexico State University.

In 2015 Estela Heredia joined the University General Counsel’s office as the Legal and Executive Assistant. In addition to managing all aspects of the UGC office and the electronic file system, Heredia works with garnishments and litigation support.  Heredia previously worked in various offices across the NMSU campus including Procurement Services, the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Center, University Registrar and University Accounts Receivable.  Heredia also has previous legal experience working for several private practice attorneys in Las Cruces.



Carol Gumm

B.S. Martin Luther College

Carol Gumm joined the University General Counsel’s administrative staff in 2022. Carol provides support to the Legal and Executive Assistant and the UGC attorneys. Carol assists with bankruptcies, contracts and IPRA requests. She has an extensive background in office administration and human resources that includes previous roles at the Seattle Times, Aspen Technology, Inc., ABN AMRO Bank, NV and several nonprofit organizations, along with a recent assignment at New Mexico State University in its Auxiliary Services department. Upon relocating to Las Cruces in 2017, Gumm’s family has continued to provide leadership in helping children with Autism.