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Troy Franklin to head Black Programs at NMSU

Troy L. Franklin, assistant director of the Black Community Services Center at Stanford University in California, has accepted the position of director of Black Programs at New Mexico State University.

Troy L. Franklin will become director of Black Programs at New Mexico State University in June.

Franklin will visit the campus next week and officially assume his new position June 14. A welcome reception in his honor is being planned for Thursday, May 13. Students, staff, faculty and community members will be invited to attend.

The director of Black Programs is responsible for ensuring and promoting opportunities for black students at NMSU and its four branch campuses. Duties include advising student organizations and their activities, developing orientation and retention programs, working with corporate representatives to create employment and student development opportunities, and other activities relevant to African-Americans in the university community and off campus.

"We are pleased that Dr. Franklin has agreed to assume this key leadership position," said Gladys De Necochea, vice president for student services and dean of students. "He is highly regarded for his successes in building campus-community collaborations in support of the academic success of black and multicultural university students. In addition, his experience in the delivery of a wide array of student services offered at both public and private institutions will assist in the development of a well-integrated set of initiatives and service offerings extended through the Black Programs Office."

Before assuming his position at Stanford in September 2002, Franklin was a manager for Capstone Properties, a private company that partners with universities to provide apartment-style campus housing. He previously was special assistant to the athletic director at Kansas State University. He also has served as assistant dean of student life at the University of Oregon and as African-American counselor at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

Franklin has a Ph.D. in higher education administration, with a concentration in student affairs, from Iowa State University.