Task Force

A Task Force was charged to lead the effort in gathering information on creating a new College and new Research Center at New Mexico State University.

Charge and Timeline 

The co-chairs and members of the task force (listed below) have been charged with collecting input from the NMSU Community with respect to the suggestion that NMSU administratively combine several academic units within the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Social Services division; Education; and Health and Social Services, in order to create a new College. Feedback can be collected using small working groups, listening sessions, surveys, etc. and should include: 

  1. Input on the opportunities and challenges the proposal presents;
  2. potential names of the new college; 
  3. ideas for how to improve upon the concept if possible. 

The input collected will be organized and provided to the Provost's Office by October 16, 2020. Provost Parker will use it to prepare a formal Bill for submittal to the Faculty Senate seeking its review and recommendation, per ARP 2.15. The Bill must be submitted no later than October 27, 2020 for it to be introduced at the November 5, 2020 meeting. 

View the Charge Letter


Task Force Membership

Membership of the Task Force.
Name Title College
Sonya Cooper (Co-Chair) Interim Dean Health and Social Services
Henrietta Pichon (Co-Chair) Interim Dean Education
Enrico Pontelli (Co-Chair) Dean Arts and Sciences
Blanca Araujo Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction Education
Susan Brown Senior Academic Administrator and former Interim Dean Education
Hector Diaz Professor and Director, School of Social Work Health and Social Services
Sam Fernald Director of New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute, Professor of Watershed Management Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Dennis Giever Professor and Department Head of Criminal Justice, Interim Department Head of Sociology Arts and Sciences
Natalie Goldberg Professor and former Interim Department Head of Extension Plant Sciences, former Interim Associate Dean of Research Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Neil Harvey Professor and Department Head of Government Arts and Sciences
Jagdish Khubchandani Professor of Public Health Health and Social Services
Phillip Post Professor of Kinesiology and Interim Associate Dean Education
Mary Alice Scott Associate Professor of Anthropology Arts and Sciences
Linda Summers Associate Professor of Nursing Health and Social Services
Patti Wojahn Professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies Department Head Arts and Sciences 
Name Title College