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Felicia Casados named new campus executive officer for NMSU-Grants

Felicia Casados, a New Mexico State University graduate and experienced community college administrator, has been named campus executive officer of the NMSU-Grants campus. She will begin work at the campus July 15.

Felicia Casados

is a native of the small town of El Guique, N.M., north of Espaņola. She received a bachelor's degree in home economics and family services from NMSU and then earned a master's degree in bilingual/elementary education and an MBA from New Mexico Highlands University. She expects to receive her doctorate in education this December through NMSU's Community College Leadership Development Program.

Casados currently serves as dean of planning and special projects at Northern New Mexico Community College in Espaņola. She has held a variety of administrative positions at the college since 1995, including serving a short stint as interim president in 1996.

In her current position, Casados has helped secure more than $8.7 million worth of grants to support NNMCC's academic programs, including major grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Science Foundation. She also chaired the team that secured reaccreditation for the college.

During the past year, Casados was one of 10 Hispanics nationwide who participated in the Kellogg Foundation's Minority-Serving Institutions Fellowship Program, which is designed to develop future minority administrators for higher education. She is a past chair of the Northern New Mexico/Los Alamos United Way Board of Directors and a former board member of the New Mexico Women's Foundation.

"We are very excited that Felicia will be joining NMSU-Grants," said Provost William Flores. "She is a proven leader with a keen understanding of community college administration. Her past work with minority communities in New Mexico will be an important advantage as she works to build programs at the Grants campus. And her understanding of the legislative process will be a valuable asset to increase support and raise awareness of the campus."

Casados said she is looking forward to getting to know the college and the Grants community. "I was very impressed with the economic vibrancy of the community, which means there is tremendous potential to increase enrollment at the college and develop new partnerships," she said.

NMSU-Grants is one of four community colleges affiliated with New Mexico State University. It currently enrolls about 600 students. Flores said the search for a new campus CEO received considerable participation from both the campus and the community.

"The university greatly appreciates and thanks Dr. Martin Parks, who served as interim CEO during the search," Flores said. "We thank all of those who participated in the search and ask for the campus and community to give their full support to Ms. Casados as she assumes her new role."