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NMSU’s College of Health and Social Services announces leadership changes

New Mexico State University’s College of Health and Social Services announces leadership changes effective for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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Anup Amatya was named department chair of New Mexico State University’s Department of Public Health Sciences. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)
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Tina Hancock, School of Social Work director at New Mexico State University, will retire at the end of the fall 2016 semester. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Dean Donna Wagner has appointed Anup Amatya as the new department chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences. Kathleen Huttlinger will serve as the interim director of the School of Nursing until a national search for a permanent director is concluded. The current Director of the School of Social Work, Tina Hancock, has announced her retirement effective at the end of the fall semester. No interim has yet been named.

Amatya joined NMSU in 2011 as an assistant professor of biostatistics. He earned a Ph.D. in biostatistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011. Currently, his research focuses on meta-analysis of sparse binary data, statistical methods for pharmacovigilance, multivariate random number generation and sample size determination for hierarchical non-linear models. Additionally he is the designated biostatistician for NMSU Clinical and Translational Research-Infrastructure Network.

“Our Department of Public Health Sciences has a long history of service to the state of New Mexico,” Wagner said. “We prepare students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Amatya has been on the faculty of Public Health Sciences for five years and is a biostatistician. He is devoted to his students and provides statistical help to faculty preparing grants and/or articles for publication as well. Dr. Amatya is well respected by his colleagues and we are pleased that he has accepted this leadership role.”

“I had not planned on being in this position, so it was bit of a surprise when I was asked if I was interested,” Amatya said. “I was honored to have been asked, gave it some thought and decided to give it a try and see what it is like to be an administrator.”

Huttlinger has been a professor at NMSU for 10 years. She earned a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Arizona, and she has more than 35 years of research experience exploring beliefs, values and perceptions of health with varying and diverse population groups including the Navajo, Hopi, African American Women and American adolescents.

“Prior to stepping into this role, Dr. Huttlinger served as director of the graduate program in the School of Nursing,” Wagner said. “She is an accomplished nurse educator with a successful career in nursing education. Dr. Huttlinger will lead the School of Nursing during the search for a new director of the School of Nursing.”

Huttlinger said she was honored by the appointment, which is similar to other administrative roles she has served in over the years. She added, “The primary goal is to maintain the high quality of education for the undergraduate and graduate students that reflects the diligence and hard work that the faculty have set forth for the program.”

Hancock has served as the director of the School of Social Work since 2011.

“The faculty and staff of the College of Health and Social Services is sad to see her leave NMSU and wishes her well in her retirement,” Wagner said. “Dr. Hancock has provided solid leadership to the Social Work program during her time at NMSU.”