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College of Health, Education, & Social Transformation

NMSU Board of Regents approves creation of new college

The NMSU Board of Regents voted to approve the new College of Health, Education and Social Transformation on Friday, May 14, 2021. An advisory committee of administrators, students, staff and faculty will be created to establish the organizational chart and create a job description for the new college's dean. (Read more from the NMSU News Center.)
New College Facts

What is the purpose of the new college?

The College of Health, Education, and Social Transformation will be a high-profile academic home for work in the fields of health, education, and the social sciences. It will also support students, faculty, and staff whose efforts are aimed at improving individual, societal, and policy outcomes within these disciplines.

How will current programs be impacted?

The combining of these three units will not impact currently offered programs, pre-existing authorizations or accreditation of programs, enrollments and other programs of study, faculty hiring or promotion and tenure standards.

How will the cost savings be used?

Salary savings will be invested into growing the new college by creating new faculty positions within the new college, and to provide additional resources for research and potential new academic degrees.

How does this support NMSU's strategic goals?

The college supports each of NMSU's Leads 2025 strategic goals, which include enhancing student success and social mobility, elevating research and creative activity, amplifying extension and outreach, and building a robust university system.

What is social transformation?

The college will serve as a regional leader for identifying gaps that lead to disparities in health, education, and socio-economic outcomes. The college's faculty can work with community partners to design and provide research and academic programs to education future leaders in policy making through evidence-based practices.

Who will lead the new college?

Dr. Henrietta Pichon will step into the role of interim dean as a search committee begins work to find a permanent dean. The new college will merge three units currently under interim leadership — the College of Education, College of Health and Social Services and the Department of Sociology — and therefore reduce some administrative positions and provide a cost savings to the university.

What went into this decision?

Provost Carol Parker and the academic leadership of the units involved hosted a number of listening sessions, town halls and focus groups with faculty and staff, and ranked-choice survey that included several options for realignment were presented to those units. The proposal was tailored in response to input received. The Board of Regents made the ultimate decision to proceed with the administrative merger. An advisory committee of students, faculty, and staff will provide input during implementation.