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Margie Huerta to lead Dona Ana Branch Community College

Margie C. Huerta, chief academic officer at the Dona Ana Branch Community College for the past four years, has been selected as campus executive officer for the community college, a branch of New Mexico State University.

terim President William V. Flores said the appointment is effective July 1.

"We are delighted that Dr. Huerta has accepted our offer to assume the leadership of the Dona Ana Branch," Flores said. "She has done an exceptional job as chief academic officer and she has an outstanding record of accomplishment in community college administration. DABCC is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation and Dr. Huerta is especially well qualified to guide its continued expansion."

Before coming to DABCC in 2000, Huerta was dean of arts and humanities at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas, for three years. She previously was director of academic support at Austin Community College, and also taught English and chaired the English department at the college.

She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in English at Michigan State University and her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at New Mexico State University. She was an English instructor at NMSU from 1982 to 1990.

The campus executive officer is responsible for the overall administrative and educational leadership of the community college, which has two campuses and three satellite centers in Dona Ana County. DABCC has an enrollment of more than 5,500 in credit courses and more than 7,000 in non-credit courses.