Cruzado-Salas is current executive vice president and provost of New Mexico State University.
Cruzado-Salas was selected from a pool of more than 60 candidates who applied for the position and was one of three finalists who visited the MSU campus in late September and early October.
Cruzado-Salas holds a bachelor's in comparative literature from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez; a master's in Spanish from the University of Texas, Arlington; and a doctorate in humanities from the University of Texas, Arlington.
The other finalists were Steven Angle, provost, Wright State University in Ohio, and Steven Leath, vice president of research and sponsored programs at the University of North Carolina.
In March, MSU President Geoff Gamble, 67, announced his plans to retire after leading the university for nine years.