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Finalists selected for NMSU vice provost for research and economic development

Five finalists have been selected to interview during the week of May 3 for the position of vice provost for research and economic development at New Mexico State University.


ll participate in a daylong series of meetings and interviews, including an open forum for faculty, staff and the general public.

Amar Gupta, co-director of the Productivity from Information Technology (PROFIT) Initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Management in Cambridge, Mass., will interview Monday, May 3. Gupta has a Ph.D. in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, India.

P. Andrew Neighbour, associate vice chancellor for research and director of the Office of Research Administration at the University of California, Los Angeles, will interview Tuesday, May 4. Neighbour has a Ph.D. in medical research from the University of London, United Kingdom.

Donald A. Colbert, assistant vice president for technology transfer and economic development at Binghampton University, State University of New York, Binghampton, N.Y., will interview Wednesday, May 5. Colbert received a Ph.D. in public health services from Brown University in Providence, R.I.

M.A. Ebadian, who works at the Gas Technology Institute in Washington, D.C., and also is a professor of mechanical engineering at Florida International University in Miami, will interview Thursday, May 6. Ebadian has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La.

Don Birx, director of NMSU's Physical Science Laboratory, will interview Friday, May 7. Birx has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Dayton in Ohio.

Some of the meeting locations are yet to be determined, but each candidate will have an open forum for faculty, staff and the general public from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. More information will be posted on the university's Web site at http://www.nmsu.edu/vp_search.html.

The finalists were selected from a national pool of candidates by a 21-member search committee chaired by Garrey Carruthers, dean of the College of Business Administration and Economics at NMSU.

The vice provost for research and economic development is responsible for the administration, support and promotion of the university's research, scholarly activities and grants and contracts. In cooperation with all the university's academic and research units, the vice provost is responsible for economic development through the protection and transfer of intellectual property.