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Patricia Sullivan named assistant dean of the NMSU College of Engineering

Patricia Sullivan has been named assistant dean and director of development for the NMSU College of Engineering. She replaces Joe Creed, who retired this month after serving in the position since 1988.


In her new position, Sullivan will be responsible for raising funds from alumni, corporations and other supporters of the College of Engineering. In particular, she will be seeking funds for endowed chairs, professorships and scholarships.

Sullivan has worked at NMSU for more than 20 years. Before accepting the position of assistant dean, she was the assistant director of WERC: A Consortium for Environmental Education and Technology Development, which is based in the College of Engineering. She also held positions at the Border Research Institute as assistant program coordinator, program coordinator, assistant director and associate director.

Sullivan received a bachelor's degree in biology from NMSU with a minor in chemistry. She also holds a master's degree in public utility economics from NMSU. She currently serves as a member of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education and is a past board member of the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority. She also is a founding board member of the Enchantment Land Certified Development Co., a program run by the Small Business Administration to enhance economic development opportunities in New Mexico.

"I am delighted to have Patricia assume this position in the College of Engineering," said Dean Steve Castillo. "She is very dedicated to our land-grant mission and has the necessary background and skills to help us obtain the resources needed to move the college to the next level."