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Ngage to celebrate career of NMSU education dean

Ngage New Mexico will honor the distinguished career of Michael Morehead, dean of the New Mexico State University College of Education, with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at Josefina’s Old Gate, 2261 Calle de Guadalupe, in Mesilla.

NMSU College of Education Dean Micheal Morehead sitting at his desk.
New Mexico State University Education Dean Michael Morehead will be honored by Ngage New Mexico Nov. 21. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Ngage New Mexico, formerly known as the Institute for Community Engagement, was founded in 2009 by a group of citizens concerned about the quality of life in Dona Ana County. Earlier this year, the organization formally announced the launch of an education partnership initiative aimed at bringing the community together to take responsibility for the educational outcomes of children. The initiative is supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Daniels Fund, the McCune Foundation and through private support.

Morehead is part of the organization’s Leader’s Circle and has assisted in planning initiatives.

“We consider him a major, important adviser in all that we do to support the development of the partnership,” said Jane Asche, Ngage NM board member. “We are coupling this event with a special celebration of Michael’s dedication and contributions to education for the betterment of all children. We want to honor his retirement this summer from the university and his commitment to the work of the partnership. He plans to continue working with us even after he retires and that means a great deal to us and the community.”

Morehead was named dean of the NMSU College of Education in 2010, prior to that he had previously served as interim dean twice. He has been an educator since 1971, including teaching at the middle- and high-school level and serving as an administrator in secondary schools. Morehead’s primary research involves teacher education, program quality, student internships and accreditation. Morehead has been involved extensively with K-12 education throughout his career and has been instrumental in establishing linkages and outreach initiatives that foster collaboration between higher education and public schools.

“As a lifelong educator, the goals of Ngage resonate with my personal philosophy of involving the community to improve educational opportunities and advance support for children and families,” Morehead said.

Tickets to attend the reception are $25. Proceeds will support the success of children in Dona Ana County.

Seating is limited. Those interested in attending should contact Martha Totlecatl, with Ngage NM, by Nov. 18 at 575-521-1957 or martha@ngagenm.org.