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Pam Jansma has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University. She is currently chair and professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arkansas.
"I think this is a great opportunity for me," Jansma said. "NMSU is such a wonderful place. It's dynamic and on the move. I'm very excited about this."
Jansma was one of five finalists selected by a 12-member search committee for the position. The position was formerly held by Waded Cruzado, who was named NMSU's executive vice president and provost in 2007.
"We are so happy to welcome Dr. Jansma to New Mexico State University," Cruzado said. "We are certain she will do an outstanding job leading the College of Arts and Sciences."
Cruzado also thanked College of Education Dean Robert Moulton for leading the search committee and Assistant Dean Greg Fant for serving as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences during the search process.
While this isn't Jansma's first time living in the West, she said New Mexico will certainly be a change of pace from Arkansas. "It's just been raining nonstop here. I expect things to be drier in New Mexico."
Jansma, a geologist by training, said she is looking forward to visiting many of New Mexico's rock formations.
Jansma earned a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a master's degree and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.
Her first day at NMSU will be Aug. 1, 2008.
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