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NMSU begins search for VP-level diversity leader

New Mexico State University President John Floros has appointed a search committee to identify candidates for a new vice president position that will lead initiatives in equity, diversity and inclusion.


Co-chaired by Provost Carol Parker and Luis Cifuentes, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School, the committee will begin its work this month, with a charge to complete the search before the end of 2020 and have the newly created position filled by early in 2021.

Floros said the creation of the position reflects a need for NMSU to take strong action towards creating a workplace and an educational environment that better reflect the world around us, and provide opportunities and tools for our students and employees to thrive.

The description and terms of the position will be developed by the committee and its co-chairs.

Committee members are:
Christopher Brooks, President, Black Student Alliance
Roy Collins Jr., Chief Legal Officer, Office of General Counsel
Becky Corran, Chair, Dona Ana Community College Social Sciences Program
Alexa Doig, Director, School of Nursing
Carol Flinchbaugh, Associate Professor, College of Business
Rolando Flores, Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Judith Flores-Carmona, Director, Chicano Programs
Ashlerose Francia, Vice President, Graduate Student Council
Antonio Garcia, Associate Dean, College of Engineering
James Hall, Associate Athletics Director, Sports Administration
Manal Hamzeh Al Smadi, Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
Gena Jones, Assistant Vice President, Human Resource Services
Matthew Lara, Associate Director of Freshman Recruiting, Undergraduate Admissions & Orientation
Mathew Madrid, President, Associated Students of NMSU
Michael Ray, Director, American Indian Programs
Rebecca Silva, Business Manager, NMSU Carlsbad Business Office

More information about the search will be posted as it becomes available.