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NMSU names Ann Goodman as dean of students

New Mexico State University has selected Ann Goodman as its next dean of students.


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Ann Goodman. (Courtesy photo)

Goodman, a former Aggie who received undergraduate and graduate degrees from NMSU, brings more than 30 years’ experience in higher education, most recently serving as the associate director for the Department of Student Activities at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She will begin serving as NMSU’s dean of students July 15.

“I am looking forward to working with Dr. Ann Goodman as she provides transformative leadership for student life at NMSU,” said Renay Scott, vice president for NMSU’s Office of Student Success. “Dr. Goodman is a well-respected leader and scholar on student development and leadership. I am confident our students will enjoy interacting with Dr. Goodman.”

The dean of students is a position at NMSU that supports students’ development outside of the classroom.

“The position provides vital leadership for the Associated Students of NMSU, student activities, student clubs and organizations, and all facets of a student's life outside of the classroom,” Scott said. “The dean of students provides leadership to assist the university in developing community-based integrity, respect, responsibility, social justice and student success.”

Goodman was one of three finalists for the position. She holds a Ph.D. in agricultural leadership education and communication from Texas A&M University. She also earned two degrees from NMSU, including a Master of Arts in educational administration with an emphasis in higher education and a Bachelor of Science in physical education and recreation. While a student at NMSU, Goodman played on NMSU Aggie women’s golf team from 1982-1985.

“I am absolutely thrilled about the opportunity to return to New Mexico State,” Goodman said. “It is truly exciting to be returning to Las Cruces to contribute to the success of NMSU, especially working with student engagement, which was an area that was pivotal in my personal decision to pursue a career in college student development.”

In her current position at Texas A&M University, Goodman serves as a senior-level administrator responsible for the development, implementation and assessment of a variety of programs designed to support the development and leadership abilities of staff and students. She oversees more than 1,100 student organizations, student organization conduct and community expectations, department marketing and 14 full-time staff and student workers.

Over the past 30 years, Goodman has held a variety of student life positions in the areas of student orientation; critical incident response; student conduct and investigative models; fraternity and sorority life; adult, graduate and off-campus student services; risk management education, and alcohol education and prevention programs.

Goodman said she is eager to bring her experience to her new role at NMSU.

“The NMSU LEADS 2025 strategic commitment to the values of leadership development and student-centered services and programs will be a great foundation from which we can build on and enhance the Aggie student life experience,” she said. “I am particularly excited to work with Dr. Scott, the Student Success leadership team, NMSU student leaders, faculty and staff and to learn about their experiences, their aspirations and then determine how to boost student involvement and ensure a robust collegiate experience for all Aggies.”