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Finalists for vice president for advancement announced

Four finalists have been selected to interview for the position of vice president for university advancement at New Mexico State University, said search committee chairman Thomas Gale, the university's interim provost.


alists are Rebecca Dukes, vice president for institutional advancement at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah; Marilyn Johnson, vice president for institutional advancement at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Bruce A. Mack, assistant vice president for university development at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Ind.; and Christopher D. Murray, associate dean for external affairs for the Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore.

The candidates' interview schedules will be announced soon.

New Mexico State's 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 vice president for institutional advancement at Westminster College since September 1999, responsible for the college's development and alumni activities. From 1994 to 1999, she was assistant vice president for development at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, 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.

Johnson has been vice president at Nova Southeastern University since 1996, responsible for the university's development, publications, public affairs, alumni relations, special events and other advancement activities. She previously was vice president and foundation executive director at California State University in Los Angeles. She has a bachelor's degree in education from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, a master's in education from San Diego State University, and is completing a doctorate in higher education administration at Nova Southeastern.

Mack has been assistant vice president at Indiana State since 1999, managing the university's development program. From 1994 to 1999 he was regional director of development at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pa., and from 1989 to 1993 he was director of development at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. He has a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Michigan, a master's in adult and continuing education from Michigan State and a bachelor's in political science, also from Michigan State.

Murray has been in his current position at the University of Oregon since 1997, responsible for the College of Business' development, alumni and communications efforts. He previously was executive director of the Scleroderma Research Foundation from 1996 to 1997 and a development officer at the University of Southern California from 1991 to 1996. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and a Master of Business Administration at USC.