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New Arts and Sciences dean appointed at New Mexico State University

Waded Cruzado-Salas, from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (UPRM), has been appointed dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University.

l assume the position effective July 16, said New Mexico State Provost William Flores.

"Dr. Cruzado-Salas will be an excellent addition to New Mexico State," Flores said. "She has tremendous talent and experience, an exceptional understanding of both the humanities and the sciences and a wonderful track record of building resources through external funding."

"New Mexico State is characterized by a very successful and productive faculty that is ready and eager to expand its horizons," Cruzado-Salas said. "Some of the fascinating challenges and opportunities that await us are the establishment of interdisciplinary research centers, the creation of innovative and challenging new academic programs and the optimum support for teaching, research, creative and scholarly activity. My main goal is to help the College of Arts and Sciences reach its next level of academic excellence."

Cruzado-Salas has served as associate dean, interim dean and as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UPRM, which is the land-grant institution within the 11-campus University of Puerto Rico system. The College of Arts and Sciences at UPRM, the largest college within the system, has 400 full-time faculty and 2,000 students. During her tenure as dean, Cruzado-Salas oversaw the establishment of two new doctoral programs, five master's and two bachelor's programs.

"I am excited about coming here because I am the product of a land-grant institution. I believe in the integration of teaching, research and service," Cruzado-Salas said.

Cruzado-Salas, who received her master's degree in Spanish and her doctoral degree in humanities from the University of Texas at Arlington, has also taught at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico and the University of Texas at Arlington.