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Gonzalez voted president-elect of educational administration council

Maria L. Gonzalez, a New Mexico State University associate professor of educational management and development in the College of Education, has been voted president-elect of the University Council of Educational Administration.



New Mexico State University's Maria L. Gonzalez has been voted president-elect of the University Council of Educational Administration. (NMSU photo)

UCEA is a consortium of 60 research universities that have doctoral programs in educational administration and leadership. Gonzalez will serve as president-elect for a year, followed by a year as president and one as treasurer, respectively.

"UCEA is the premier organization in the field of educational administration," Gonzalez said. Founded more than 40 years ago, it aims to improve the preparation of school administrators and the profession's knowledge base, Gonzalez said.

In the coming year her main responsibility will be planning for and serving as chairwoman of UCEA's 2000 conference in Albuquerque. NMSU and the University of New Mexico will be the conference hosts.

"This is the first time that a conference of this magnitude in educational administration will be held in New Mexico," Gonzalez said.

For five years Gonzalez has been head of NMSU's educational management and development department. She is on sabbatical leave this semester and will resume leadership of the department in January. Within its field the department is recognized for its high caliber of faculty and graduate students, she said. Among similar departments across the country, NMSU's is the only one Gonzalez knows of with a majority enrollment of Hispanic and female students, she said.