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Acosta named development and public relations officer

Sylvia Y. Acosta has accepted the position of development and public relations officer for New Mexico State University's College of Business Administration and Economics.

delighted to have Sylvia Acosta join our team in the college," said Garrey Carruthers, dean of the business college. "She comes to NMSU with a wealth of experience and skills acquired as a development officer at two other universities. She is from the area, enthusiastic and energetic -- attributes that will help us achieve a number of financial and public relations goals."

Acosta, who is a native El Pasoan, will be responsible for fund-raising efforts directed to individuals, corporations, foundations and groups having an interest in supporting the business college.

"Our role is to help individuals meet their goals," said Acosta. "In development, you have the opportunity to help someone create a legacy they feel comfortable with."

Before coming to NMSU, Acosta was vice president of external relations for the parenting education program AVANCE Inc. from 2002 to 2003. She served as director of development for Any Baby Can from June 2002 to September 2002.

From 1998 to 2002, Acosta was executive director of development for St. Mary's University, and from 1994 to 1995 she was a development officer for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso.

"The hardest part about being in development is trying to find the right match; trying to ensure that you are really accomplishing the goals that the donor wants you to accomplish," she said. "As a development officer, you have a huge responsibility to make sure that happens."

Acosta received her bachelor's degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin, completed master's course work in communication at the University of Texas at El Paso, and earned a master's degree in political communication and international relations from St. Mary's University.