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NMSU selects Vázquez as interim vice president for research

Longtime New Mexico State University administrator and Regents Professor Luis A. Vázquez has been selected to serve as interim vice president for research.


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Longtime New Mexico State University administrator and Regents Professor Luis A. Vázquez has been selected to serve as interim vice president for research. (NMSU photo by Andrés Leighton)

?Dr. Vázquez has the institutional knowledge, collaborative spirit and research expertise to effectively lead our research efforts while a search is conducted for the permanent vice president for research,? said NMSU Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard. ?Dr. Vázquez has a deep understanding of NMSU and our research enterprise. I expect him to use that knowledge to vigorously guide and strengthen our research efforts in the coming months.?

The change will be effective Jan. 1, 2017. The search for a new vice president for research will begin soon, Howard said, with the new vice president for research in place ideally by July 1, 2017.

Vázquez is currently serving as associate vice president for research integrity in the office of the vice president for research. He has held the position since 2011. A researcher in his own right, Vázquez as co-PI was recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to work with underrepresented engineering students in enhancing academic success. He was also invited to serve as a panel reviewer for the NSF.

?If you?re going to do research, it should be to improve people?s lives,? said Vázquez, who started at NMSU in 1995 as an assistant professor in the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department in the College of Education. ?What we do at NMSU changes people?s lives. We transform lives through research.?

Vázquez pointed out that as a land-grant university, NMSU has a responsibility to help others not only in teaching and outreach, but also in engaging in collaborative research activities with the community and state, as well as nationally and internationally.

?As a land-grant institution, we were developed to help the common person, the hardworking person, the blue-collar person,? he said. ?This is where it happens.?

Vázquez holds a bachelor?s degree in Spanish from Illinois State University, a master?s in counseling and human development from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology, also from the University of Iowa.

From 2007-2011, he served as associate dean of NMSU?s Graduate School. From 2001-2007, he served as department head in Counseling and Educational Psychology in the College of Education. In 2006, Vázquez was selected as a Regents Professor. He served as an associate professor in Counseling and Educational Psychology from 1999-2005, being promoted to full professor in 2005.

Vázquez served as an assistant professor for graduate programs in the Division of Counselor Education at the University of Iowa from 1993-1995 and was a senior staff psychologist in the University Counseling Service at the University of Iowa from 1990-1993.