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Paul Gayle-Smith named director of institutional equity

Attorney Paul M. Gayle-Smith has been named director of institutional equity at New Mexico State University.



Paul M. Gayle-Smith has been named director of institutional equity at New Mexico State University. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)


Gayle-Smith joins NMSU from the New York regional office of the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, where he is responsible for enforcement of civil rights laws in institutions of higher education and public school districts. He will begin his new post on Oct. 18.

In this renamed position, previously known as director of equal employment opportunity, Gayle-Smith will focus on issues related to diversity and equity, including affirmative action and equal employment opportunity.

"We are excited that Paul will join our team," NMSU Provost William Flores said. "He brings tremendous training experience, talent and keen insight to a critical position within the university."

Gayle-Smith will be a member of the President's Cabinet and will serve as an adviser to the president and the provost on issues of institutional equity.

A native of the United Kingdom, he earned his juris doctorate from Columbia University School of Law in 1991. He received his bachelor of laws degree from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in England in 1988, graduating with highest honors and receiving the Jurisprudence Award.

Gayle-Smith is a member of the Florida Bar, the Metropolitan Bar Association of New York and the American Bar Association. He is a founding member of the Caribbean Bar Association and has extensive experience as a practicing attorney.

"We are very fortunate to have landed a person of Paul's background, expertise, and potential," said NMSU President Michael Martin. "He'll be a terrific addition to NMSU's leadership team."