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Finalists selected for New Mexico State University's dean of agriculture

Three finalists for the position of dean of New Mexico State University's College of Agriculture and Home Economics will participate in open forums with faculty, staff and students as part of their campus interviews in late February and early March.


The candidates are C.A. Speer, professor and director of the Center for Bison and Wildlife Health at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont.; Lalit R. Verma, department head in biological and agricultural engineering at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La.; and Jerry Schickedanz, interim dean of the NMSU College of Agriculture and Home Economics.

Speer will make a presentation at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 28, in the college's auditorium, Room 194 of Gerald Thomas Hall. An open forum with faculty and staff will follow at 11 a.m., and an open forum with students is scheduled for 3 p.m., both also in the auditorium.

Before assuming his current position, Speer was department head of veterinary molecular biology at Montana State. He has a master's degree and a doctorate in parasitology and microbiology from Utah State University. His bachelor's degree in zoology and entomology is from Colorado State University.

Verma's presentation is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, March 6, in the Dona Ana Room of Corbett Center Student Union, followed by an open forum with faculty and staff at 9:30 a.m. in the same location. His open forum with students will be at 3 p.m. in the agriculture college auditorium, Room 194 of Gerald Thomas Hall.

Verma received his doctorate in engineering from the University of Nebraska and a master's degree in agricultural engineering from Montana State University. In addition to his department head position at LSU, he is acting director of the Audubon Sugar Institute at the LSU Agricultural Experiment Station.

Schickedanz's presentation is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 13, in the agriculture college auditorium, Room 194 of Gerald Thomas Hall. He will participate in an open forum with faculty and staff at 11 a.m. and an open forum with students at 3 p.m., both also in the auditorium.

Before being named interim dean of agriculture, Schickedanz was associate dean and director of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service from 1994-97. He received his doctorate in range science from the University of Arizona and a master's degree in range science from NMSU. He also has a bachelor's degree in zoology from Oklahoma State University.

Karl Hill
Feb. 8, 2000