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Ramirez appointed director of Dona Ana Branch Community College

Raul Ramirez, provost of institutional development at El Paso Community College, has been appointed campus director at Dona Ana Branch Community College (DABCC) in Las Cruces. Ramirez is expected to assume his new duties by July 1.


"The new director brings extensive knowledge of community college administration as well as considerable awareness of the needs of the region for relevant postsecondary programs and services," said Virginia C. Higbie, dean of NMSU's College of Health and Social Services. The directors of NMSU's four two-year campuses -- DABCC, NMSU-Alamogordo, NMSU-Carlsbad and NMSU-Grants -- report to Dean Higbie.

Ramirez has been with El Paso Community College since 1976, having served as an instructor and in a variety of administrative positions. As provost of institutional development, he oversees the college's Institute for Economic and Workforce Development, the Resource Development Office, institutional planning, institutional research and evaluation, public relations and the print shop.

Ramirez earned his doctorate in educational management and development at NMSU in 1996. His master's in biology, with a specialty in microbiology, and his bachelor's in psychology, with a minor in biology, are from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Ramirez said he looks forward "to the opportunities to assist Dona Ana in meeting the goals and expectations of the community for the new millennium."

He replaces James McLaughlin, who became president of Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash. Andrew Burke has served as interim director at DABCC while the search for a replacement was conducted.

As chief administrative officer of DABCC, the campus director is responsible for the overall administration and educational leadership of the community college, which has an enrollment of about 4,000 students in credit courses and about 5,000 more in non-credit courses.

Karl Hill