Dear Friends and Alumni,
June 30th of 2009 is my last day as the Dean of Engineering at NMSU. On July 1st, I will begin my new duties as the Provost and Executive Vice President of the Colorado School of Mines. As an electrical engineering student for five years and then later as a faculty member and administrator for 22 years, I came to love NMSU. The university does so much for the young people who come here. Young people from all walks of life can come here with their hopes, intellectual capacity and determination and gain an education that will enable them to enjoy the American dream. The faculty have an intense desire to see the students succeed in the classroom and an innate drive to produce solutions addressing societal challenges through their research. NMSU serves the entire state and is seen by many as the “college in Las Cruces” that is always open and helpful. The experiences I have gained from the many thousands of students I have interacted with and the great colleagues I have served with have enriched my life and helped mold me into the person that I am.
The College of Engineering is now stronger than it ever has been. Our students are highly sought after, enrollments and retention rates are increasing, our research agenda is relevant and thriving and we are now being highly ranked by several national publications – we are being noticed all over the country. The College of Engineering leadership team of department heads, deans and directors that has been assembled is truly extra-ordinary. Our supporters through the Dean’s advisory council together with the leadership team and the faculty shaped a vision based on excellence and service – a strategic vision that has served to guide us to this point and will continue to guide the college towards greater things yet. The culture has changed sufficiently to provide enough momentum so that the college will continue to thrive and improve long after I am gone.
I ask that you continue to support the College of Engineering through your time and resources as you have in the past. Your support will help ensure that the College of Engineering will continue to serve many while making a strong, positive impact on society.
I am deeply grateful to you for your support. It has been a pleasure working here. I am changing my roles – from NMSU employee to one of successful NMSU alum. I will continue to be involved through my new role as many you have been for many years.
With warmest regards,
Dean and NMSU Regent’s Professor