WRITER: Amanda Bradford
New Mexico State University has selected Stephanie Armitage of Las Cruces as the College of Engineering’s new assistant dean of development and alumni.
Interim Engineering Dean Steven Stochaj said Armitage brings valuable skills to the important relationship-building role, in which she will lead fundraising, donor stewardship and alumni relations for the college.
“I’m very excited to have Stephanie join our team in the College of Engineering,” Stochaj said. “We feel that her energy, charisma and close ties with the community make for a winning combination.”
Armitage said she’s happy to be working with the college and its partners to create more opportunities for student success and support for faculty, staff and programs.
“Donor support has repeatedly played a key role in the success of NMSU as a leading land-grant university,” Armitage said. “I look forward to creating a partnership with our alumni and friends, and to the new possibilities my first year will bring.”
Armitage grew up in Las Cruces and is a graduate of Onate High School. She and fiance Ernie Sichler enjoy traveling and hiking with their dogs.
Interim Vice President Andrea Tawney said Armitage’s hometown roots and community connections make her a valuable addition to NMSU’s Advancement team.
“Stephanie knows how valuable NMSU is to the community and how important our friends and business partners are to our success,” Tawney said. “We’re grateful to have someone with her talent and enthusiasm on board.”
An Aggie alum, Armitage earned her bachelor in business administration from NMSU in 2007 and is currently working toward her MBA from NMSU. She most recently served as branch manager for First National Rio Grande bank, and also worked as a coalition coordinator for the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico.
“I am thrilled to work with my alma mater because I know what an incredible education it provides,” Armitage said. “Our students are here because they know that, too. I couldn’t ask for a better focus than student success.”