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NMSU announces five candidates for College of Arts and Sciences dean

Five candidates have been announced in the search for a new dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University. The first three candidates will visit the campus next week and the other two will be on campus the first week of May.

 Monday, April 19 - Neva Jacquelyn Kilpatrick, chair of the English Department at California State University Channel Islands.

 Tuesday, April 20 - Ellsworth "Skip" R. Fuhrman, chair of the Department of Science and Technology in Society at Virginia Tech.

 Wednesday, April 21 -- Mark Cioc-Ortega, professor of history at the University of California Santa Cruz

 Tuesday, May 4 - Christa Daryl Lowder Slaton, associate dean for educational affairs and graduate studies for the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University.

 Wednesday, May 5 - Gregory Robert Fant, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, New Mexico State University.

The 13-member search committee, chaired by Ken White, professor emeritus and regents professor in the College of Engineering, went through approximately 60 applications for the position before inviting five candidates to visit the campus.

"All of the candidates have excellent credentials," White said. "They have all had good administrative experience and they are all at institutions where they have had a broad range of experience. We believe we will be able to select a great leader from this group."

The series of interviews will also include public forums for faculty, staff, students and alumni. To view the candidates' curriculum vitae and complete itineraries, visit http://www.nmsu.edu/artscideansearch/candidates.html.

White encourages members of the NMSU community to attend these open sessions and to provide input.

"These sessions are open to all members of the community," White said. "We invite everyone to participate in this process and we would urge participants to give us feedback on the candidates."

Feedback can be submitted at http://www.nmsu.edu/General/ucomm/public_html/forms/artsandsciences/.