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NMSU Engineering Assistant Dean Sullivan completes yearlong leadership program

New Mexico State University?s College of Engineering Assistant Dean Patricia Sullivan has concluded the Leadership New Mexico Core Program, a yearlong program designed to enhance leadership skills and deepen knowledge of opportunities and challenges in New Mexico.

This is a portrait of Patricia Sullivan.
College of Engineering Assistant Dean Patricia Sullivan has completed a 10-month, statewide leadership training program. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Leadership New Mexico was founded in 1995 as way to identify current and emerging leaders. The program works for nonprofit, private and public sectors across New Mexico. Each year, 40-45 people are selected to participate in the program. Selection is contingent on many factors, such as past volunteer leadership, commitment to remain in New Mexico, and a record of accomplishment.

The core program lasts 10 months and is held in communities across the state. The first session is a two-day retreat and orientation, which is followed by sessions with diverse topics such as economic development, education, health care, energy and natural resource, government, crime and justice.

?Leadership New Mexico is an outstanding program,? Sullivan said. ?The ability to interact with leaders from vastly different backgrounds while gaining insight into issues facing the state is invaluable.?

Sullivan has been employed by NMSU for more than 30 years and has experience in fostering collaborative partnerships with academic and corporate sectors that promote education, innovation, entrepreneurship, technology application and a highly skilled workforce.

In addition, Sullivan developed and launched the Engineering New Mexico Resource Network, which organizes engineering-based outreach programs geared toward promoting workforce development and economic competitiveness across New Mexico.

Sullivan also led NMSU?s involvement with a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration as part of the Consortium for Border Technology Manufacturing. The consortium is designed to promote resurgence in manufacturing and related employment in southern New Mexico and Arizona.

Beyond her involvement in NMSU, Sullivan was reappointed by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez for a third term on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Sullivan also has served on the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, as a board member for Enchantment Land Certified Development Company, and is on the Board of BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) Robotics.

In January, Sullivan was named an Albuquerque Business First Woman of Influence for 2014. She was chosen from among 20 honorees deemed as New Mexico?s top female leaders.