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NMSU announces CHSS dean to return to faculty, other personnel changes

Today New Mexico State University announced that Jeffrey Brandon, dean of the College of Health and Social Services, would return to the faculty ranks of his college. Brandon told his colleagues Wednesday of his intentions to step down as dean effective Jan. 2, 2009.

"It has been a tremendous pleasure serving as dean for these past years," Brandon said. "When interviewing for the position in 2000, I stated that I didn't think anyone should serve as dean for more than eight to 10 years."

Brandon said he met with Provost Waded Cruzado last year to discuss his desire to step down as dean sometime between this August and August of 2009. Cruzado said a nationwide search would begin immediately to find Brandon's successor.

"We wish Jeff the very best," said Cruzado. "The positive growth in his college over the past eight years has been truly outstanding."

Brandon said he takes pride in the college's tremendous growth during his time as dean. Since 2000, enrollment in the college has gone from 750 students to more than 1,600, with much of the growth coming from graduate and distance education efforts. The college has also gone from a 20-year average of $7,000 per year in fundraising to more than $500,000 per year.

Today NMSU also announced the faculty appointment of Larry Olsen ended with the conclusion of the spring semester. Olsen is the former associate dean of the College of Health and Social Services.

Additionally, Stephen Anderson, head of the college's school of social work, will step down from his post but continue his faculty appointments in the college.