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NMSU College of Education dean inducted into NMCEL Hall of Fame

The New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders, a leadership association representing more than 15 educational leadership organizations, recently inducted New Mexico State University College of Education Dean Michael Morehead into the NMCEL Hall of Fame.

NMSU College of Education Dean Michael Morehead poses with his New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders Hall of Fame induction award with Karen Trujillo, director of K-12 outreach for the NMSU College of Education Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. (Courtesy Photo)

The honor is given in recognition of a lifetime of service and contribution to students and educators in New Mexico. Because of Morehead?s advocacy and collaborative work for schools and educators, NMCEL selected him for induction into the organization?s Hall of Fame.

?Mike Morehead has demonstrated outstanding educational leadership, not just within his college, but around the state,? said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. ?His community engagement initiatives, particularly those helping smaller, rural schools in Southern New Mexico, are deserving of great praise. He is certainly worthy of this hall of fame designation.?

Crit Caton, past president of NMCEL who received his doctorate in education from NMSU in 2005, agreed with Carruthers, calling Morehead a ?quality individual.?

?He?s always been an advocate for the children of New Mexico,? Caton said. ?He?s very deserving of the Hall of Fame inductee award he received.?

Morehead is retiring as dean of NMSU?s College of Education on Friday, July 31. He has been an educator since 1971.

Morehead began his 23-year career at NMSU as associate dean for students and programs. He served as interim dean of the College of Education twice and has been dean since 2010.

?Dean Morehead has been a passionate and effective advocate for teachers, children and New Mexico State University for more than two decades,? said NMSU Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard. ?He is very worthy of this recognition.?

Morehead helped establish the Alliance for the Advance of Teaching and Learning, a collaboration between NMSU, K-12 educators and other agencies that support teaching and learning in New Mexico. He also served on the committee to establish the first Early College High School in Las Cruces.

?What an honor it is to be included with past recipients who are truly New Mexico education icons,? Morehead said. ?This honor is not just a personal recognition, but was bestowed because of the great work the College of Education at NMSU does with schools and children. I accepted this award on behalf of my family and the college because each played a significant role in the achievements that led to this recognition.?

Morehead earned his doctorate in education administration in 1978 from the University of Missouri. He previously coordinated student teaching and field experience programs at Northern Arizona University and Emporia State University in Kansas.

He is a 1967 graduate of Christian Brothers High School in St. Louis.