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William Flores selected as New Mexico State University provost

William V. Flores, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at California State University at Northridge, has been appointed to the position of provost at New Mexico State University, beginning Aug. 6.

William V. Flores has been named provost at New Mexico State University, beginning Aug. 6.

"We are very excited to have a person of Bill Flores' background and experience join us in this important position," New Mexico State University President Jay Gogue said. "This has been a national search and we had a very strong group of final candidates to choose from. Bill has an excellent record of academic and administrative leadership, and we look forward to his joining us this summer."

The provost is the university's chief academic officer and serves as acting president when necessary.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to participate in a campus that is both a major research university and a Hispanic-serving institution," Flores said. "I've had a chance to meet with faculty, with staff and with student representatives through the interview process and I was tremendously impressed by the warmth, hospitality and professionalism. I am excited to join an administrative team under President Jay Gogue that I believe will help to increase the prominence and visibility of this campus."

Flores has been a dean and professor of political science at Cal State Northridge since June 1996. He previously taught at Cal State Fresno, where he was associate dean of the School of Social Sciences and, prior to that, chairman of the Department of Chicano-Latin American Studies. He also has taught at Stanford, Santa Clara University and Cal State Hayward. He received a Rockefeller Fellowship for Scholarship in the Humanities in 1993 and spent a year as a visiting scholar at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, City University of New York.

He has a Ph.D. from Stanford University in social theory and public policy and a master's degree in political science from Stanford. He graduated cum laude from the University of California at Los Angeles with a bachelor's degree in political science.

Flores has directed several community service programs, including having served as associate director and interim executive director of Gardner Community Health Center in San Jose, Calif., 1981-84. He is co-editor of "Latino Cultural Citizenship: Claiming Identity, Space and Rights," published by Beacon Press in 1997. He has served on the board of the Pacific Chapter of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and has been active in numerous community organizations.

Tom Gale, retired dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State, has served as interim provost while the national search was conducted. The provost position replaced the university's executive vice presidency when John Owens left that post in December 2000 to become a vice chancellor at the University of Nebraska.