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Donna Wagner named dean of the NMSU College of Health and Social Services

Donna L. Wagner has been named dean of the New Mexico State University College of Health and Social Services. She served as the interim dean for the college since Aug. 1, 2014.


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Donna Wagner has been named the new dean of the College of Health and Social Services at New Mexico State University. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

?Dr. Wagner is an accomplished teacher and scholar, who brings to the position a deep understanding of the college and the university,? said Daniel J. Howard, NMSU executive vice president and provost. ?She has done an admirable job of leading the college as interim dean and I look forward to working with her to further strengthen the college in the years ahead.?

?It is a great honor to be named as the new dean of the College of Health and Social Services. As the interim dean, I had the chance to work more closely with the CHSS faculty and staff and was impressed with their creativity, innovative thinking and their commitment to CHSS and NMSU,? Wagner said. ?We have a great team here and, as the success of the May health symposium on end-of-life issues demonstrated, a strong and talented team as well.?

Wagner?s tenure at NMSU began in January 2011. As associate dean of academic affairs for the college, she taught courses, conducted research and assisted with administrative responsibilities. Wagner is one of the country?s leading experts in the field of eldercare.

?I will continue our efforts to be a leader in health and social service education, preparing our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to take care of our communities,? she said. ?I want each of our dedicated students to realize that the outstanding scholarship and passion that they bring to our programs is just the beginning of their successes.?

Wagner came to NMSU from Towson University in Towson, Maryland, where she was a tenured professor of gerontology and health science. She was the founding director of the university?s gerontology program. She received her Ph.D. in urban affairs from Portland State University.

?CHSS has a lot to offer the region, including stellar faculty, staff and students who are committed to creating positive change,? Wagner said. ?I plan to continue our outstanding work in the community and increase our community engagement efforts. During the next few months, I will be meeting with faculty and staff to examine how we can strengthen our individual work and join in a collective effort that recognizes the role CHSS has to play in the region and the state.?