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Finalists selected for Graduate School dean

Five finalists have been selected to interview for the position of dean of the Graduate School at New Mexico State University.


didates are Maureen Grasso, interim dean of the Graduate School at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, who will visit the campus April 8; Robin Scott Fisher, associate dean of the University of California at Los Angeles Graduate Division, who will visit April 24; Christine Marlow, associate dean of the Graduate School at New Mexico State, who will interview April 29; Hector E. Flores, professor of plant pathology and biotechnology at Pennsylvania State University, who will visit April 30; and Linda Lacey, associate dean of the Graduate School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who will visit May 1.

The finalists were selected from a national pool of candidates by a search committee chaired by Danny Arnold, dean of the university's College of Business Administration and Economics.

Grasso, a professor of textile products design and marketing, has been interim dean at UNC-Greensboro since 2000 and was associate dean from 1998 to 2000. She was head of the textiles and apparel program at the University of Texas at Austin before joining UNC-Greensboro in 1992. She has a Ph.D. in textile science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Fisher is a professor-in-residence in psychiatry and behavioral sciences and neurobiology at UCLA's School of Medicine. He has been associate dean of the university's Graduate Division since 1992. He earned a Ph.D. in physiological psychology from Ohio University.

Marlow joined the New Mexico State University faculty in 1985 and was director of the university's School of Social Work before becoming associate dean of the Graduate School in 1999. She has a Ph.D. in social work from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

Flores joined the Penn State faculty in 1988 and was director of the university's Science, Technology and Society Program from 1996 to 1999. He served as a visiting scientist (program director) for the National Science Foundation from October 1999 to October 2001. He earned his Ph.D. in biology at Yale University.

Lacey has been a research fellow at UNC's Carolina Population Center since 1982 and became associate dean of the university's Graduate School in 1997. She has a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from Cornell University.

As the chief academic and administrative officer of the Graduate School, the dean provides leadership in developing academic programs and in promoting high standards of teaching, scholarship and creative activity.

Karl Hill
April 5, 2002