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Virtual public forums set for NMSU College of Education dean finalists

New Mexico State University has named four finalists for dean of its College of Education, and online public forums with each candidate begin Monday, April 20.


The finalists are:
• Brian Beitzel, director of Education Assessment and Accreditation in the School of Education, Human Ecology and Sports Studies and professor of Educational Psychology, Counseling and Special Education at State University of New York College at Oneonta
• Bradley Porfilio, director of the Ed.D. Program in Leadership and professor of Leadership in the College of Education at San Jose State University
• Cynthia Reed, professor and former dean of the Bagwell College of Education at Kennesaw State University
• John Romans, training director of the Counseling Psychology Program and professor of Counseling and Counseling Psychology in the College of Education, Health and Aviation at Oklahoma State University

A search committee, chaired by College of Arts & Sciences Dean Enrico Pontelli, was launched in October 2019. The ideal candidate for the position was identified as being an innovative, collaborative and persuasive leader who is able to advance the mission of preparing teacher candidates for certification; partner successfully with state and national leaders in practice, policy and research; guide the work of the college’s faculty and staff; advance excellence in all of the college’s programs; develop and enhance interdisciplinary education programs across the university; and promote internal and external partnerships in the region and state.

The College of Education has been led by interim Dean Susan Brown since August 2018.

While in-person visits and public forums are not possible due to stay-at-home directives from the New Mexico governor’s office, NMSU Provost Carol Parker said it’s important for the NMSU community to participate in the online Zoom sessions with each candidate and provide feedback.

“This is a key leadership role at our university, so I strongly encourage all interested faculty, staff and students to attend the open forums via Zoom to learn more about the candidates,” Parker said.

The finalist forums will take place April 20-23. Finalists’ resumes, interview schedules and Zoom links, along with forms to provide feedback, are posted online at https://webcomm.nmsu.edu/hire/college-of-education-dean/finalists/. For more information about the search, visit https://webcomm.nmsu.edu/hire/college-of-education-dean/.