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NMSU's College of Health and Social Services names associate dean for academic affairs

Donna L. Wagner has been named associate dean for academic affairs at New Mexico State University's College of Health and Social Sciences, effective Jan. 1, 2011. In addition to administrative duties, a portion of her time will be spent conducting research and teaching.



Donna L. Wagner has been named associate dean for academic affairs at New Mexico State University's College of Health and Social Sciences, effective Jan. 1, 2011. (Submitted photo)

"We are very pleased to be able to recruit Dr. Wagner to the College of Health and Social Services," Dean Tilahun Adera said. "She comes to NMSU as a seasoned academic administrator and will bring a much needed expertise in the field of aging and gerontology. She will play the role of a scientist administrator, combining scholarship and administration."

Wagner is currently a tenured professor of gerontology and health science and the founding director of Towson University's Gerontology Program where she oversees an undergraduate and a master's degree program in applied gerontology.

"I have worked in higher education for many years but never before had the opportunity to work for a school like New Mexico State University - a land-grant university in the beautiful Southwest with a diverse staff, faculty and student body," Wagner said. "I hope to make a contribution to the intellectual life of the college and certainly expect to have my own quality of life enhanced as a result of the new working relationships I will discover at NMSU."

Wagner received her Ph.D. in urban affairs from Portland State University. Her research training and academic focus were shaped by the faculty of the Institute on Aging, one of the first centers on aging in the nation. Her training and dissertation work were supported by grants from the Administration on Aging/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Social Security Administration.