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Van Winkle named president of NMSU Alamogordo

New Mexico State University Chancellor Garrey Carruthers has named Ken Van Winkle as president of NMSU Alamogordo. Van Winkle had served as interim president of that campus since May. He?s been with NMSU for 30 years and was previously the associate dean for strategic initiatives and assessment in the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences.


A photo of Ken Van Winkle
Ken Van Winkle has been named president of NMSU Alamogordo. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

?Ken Van Winkle is a fantastic leader,? Carruthers said. ?He grew up in Alamogordo and has already been working to engage the community and enhance connections with the campus. I?ve spoken with community leaders, local military leaders and the college?s faculty and staff and support for Ken to become the permanent president has been overwhelming. I?d like to thank the NMSU Board of Regents for their consideration in waiving the need for the continuation of a formal search for this position.?

During their regular meeting Dec. 11, NMSU regents waived Policy 5.96, which requires a formal search for the new president of NMSU Alamogordo. Earlier this year, a previous formal search concluded without a new permanent president being chosen. Carruthers requested permission to appoint Van Winkle after contacting the relevant stakeholders in Alamogordo.

?I?m excited to say that Alamogordo is my permanent home,? Van Winkle said. ?We have wonderful faculty, staff and students at NMSU Alamogordo and I?m looking forward to continuing our work with the community to strengthen our campus and increase our enrollment.?

In his previous position as associate dean for strategic initiatives and assessment, Van Winkle was responsible for annual performance evaluations, assessment and academic program review at the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences. He has also served as the academic department head for the Department of Music and acted as interim department head for Journalism and Mass Communications.

He holds degrees from West Texas A&M University, the University of North Texas and the University of Oregon. Van Winkle began his career at NMSU as the trumpet instructor and Jazz Ensemble director in 1985. He directed the NMSU Pride marching band in the late 1980s and again from 2000-2005. He became director of bands in 1994 and conducted Symphonic Winds, the university?s premier concert band, from 1992-2010.

At the College of Arts and Sciences, he chaired the J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium, the College Diversity Committee, the College Awards Committee and the College Promotion Committee. He also organized the college?s Global Connections Lecture Series, the Three Minute Thesis competition and was director of the Arts and Sciences Student Ambassador Program.