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College of Health and Social Services welcomes new associate dean

Larry Olsen has joined the New Mexico State University College of Health and Social Services as associate dean for academics and research.



Larry Olsen has joined the New Mexico State University College of Health and Social Services as associate dean for academics and research.

Olsen previously was a professor of health science at Towson University in Maryland.

"I saw New Mexico State University as a progressive university that melded three areas of interest for me as an individual," Olsen said.

He said it was an opportunity to move to a higher level of administration, the programs offered in the College of Health and Social Services were attractive to him and he admired the action orientation of others in the college.

Olsen received his doctorate in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1970, his master of public health degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1966, his master of arts in teaching from Lewis and Clark College in 1965, and his bachelor's in health and physical education from Lewis and Clark in 1964.

His plans for the semester include exploring border health initiatives -- bringing conferences to campus and participating in establishing a chapter of the Society for Public Health Education in the West Texas-Southern New Mexico region -- and working closely with HOT Projects, a Paso del Norte Health Foundation program that provides funding to students for health-oriented research.

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