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Former U.S. ambassador, former NPR president named senior fellow at NMSU

Delano Lewis, former U.S. ambassador to South Africa and former president of National Public Radio, has been named a senior fellow at New Mexico State University by President Michael V. Martin.

Delano Lewis, former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa and former president of National Public Radio, named a senior fellow at New Mexico State University. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

"Del's experience, insights, reputation and knowledge will be invaluable to the university," Martin said in making the announcement.

Lewis will have a two-fold assignment. He will assume a leadership role in the development of an Institute for International Relations that will serve as the state's think tank on the topic. Lewis also will draw on his strong background to advise NMSU public broadcasting management on strategic opportunities to strengthen and grow.

"I expect the international institute will engage students in international issues and prepare them for leadership positions in international affairs, foreign policy, business and trade," Lewis said in accepting his new role. "I believe we can help the state, the community and the region develop international business opportunities and address international issues important to them and the country."

In his advisory role to public broadcasting, Lewis said he will be working with the "incoming director to develop a strong, strategic plan for both the station and academic departments."

His goals are to assist and guide the new leadership in growth and development opportunities such as local programming and local news, funding, increasing viewers and listeners and, of course, to strengthen student involvement.

His appointment is for one year, beginning Sept. 1, 2006, and is renewable. Lewis will report directly to the president. His office will be in international programs in Garcia Annex.