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Rebecca Dukes named vice president for university advancement

Rebecca Dukes, vice president for institutional advancement at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, has accepted the position of vice president for university advancement at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

excited to have someone of Rebecca's talents to come and run our university advancement activities," said New Mexico State University President Jay Gogue. "She has a strong track record in private fund raising and we look forward to her joining us on Aug. 1."

The vice president for university advancement is responsible for fund-raising activities, serves as executive secretary of the NMSU Foundation and oversees the offices of alumni affairs, development and university communications.

Dukes has been in charge of Westminster College's development and alumni programs since September 1999. Westminster is Utah's only private, non-denominational college.

From 1994 to 1999, she was assistant vice president for development at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, the state's land grant university, and before that she worked in development for several medical centers in Kansas City, Mo.

She received a bachelor's degree in speech and theater arts at the University of Akron in Ohio and studied in the Master of Business Administration program at Rockhurst College in Kansas City. She holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation from the Association of Fund Raising Professionals.

"We had a very good pool of applicants for the position and we invited four very strong finalists to campus for interviews," said Interim Provost Thomas Gale, who chaired the search committee. "Rebecca Dukes stood out in terms of the breadth of her experience in working in major capital campaigns at a land grant university as well as at a private university."

Dukes said she is "looking forward to being a team member with so many respected faculty and staff under the strategic vision of the new leadership. Changing positions is never an easy decision but the energy and willingness of those that I've met to move the university forward in this new millennium was a key factor in my decision to accept the appointment."