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NMSU-Alamogordo CEO takes on new, statewide challenge

ALAMOGORDO - Rodger A. Bates, campus executive officer at New Mexico State University-Alamogordo since 2000, has received a new assignment for the university as special assistant to the vice provost for outreach services.


tes will have the opportunity to build upon the alliances that he has successfully cultivated in his role as CEO of NMSU-Alamogordo," said William V. Flores, NMSU executive vice president and provost. "In the role of special assistant, Dr. Bates will assume the challenge to further realize the university mission by assisting in the expansion of Cooperative Extension across the state."

The reassignment is effective Aug. 21.

"I believe that this next phase of my career will be challenging and provide an opportunity to continue to make a difference," Bates said. "In my new role, I will be working to promote greater collaboration between the campuses in the NMSU system, Cooperative Extension and extended learning. In particular, I will be working with the NMSU community colleges with regard to the assessment and development of proposed educational programs, both degree and non-degree, to be offered via the community colleges and the university Extension services. In addition, I will be working on a number of special projects related to the development of not only the Southern New Mexico Advanced Technology Center; but similar facilities and programs throughout New Mexico."

During Bates' tenure at NMSU-A, more than $4 million in grants and more than $3 million in bond initiatives were secured for projects at the campus. In the past two years, he helped acquire $4.5 million in state funding.

"Over the past six years, New Mexico State University at Alamogordo has prospered and grown," Bates said. "We have developed a number of new facilities and programs and additional facilities are currently under construction or have been funded. Our leadership in student-learning and regional economic development has been affirmed. We have developed meaningful and successful partnerships with the Alamogordo Public Schools, Holloman Air Force Base and the Alamogordo business community. Most importantly, we improved access to higher education and workforce training through our designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution and the receipt of over $4 million in federal funds."

Bates thanks the faculty and staff at NMSU-A and the Alamogordo community for helping make the accomplishments possible.

Bates will report to Paul Gutierrez, vice provost for outreach services and associate dean and associate director of the Cooperative Extension Service. Prior to coming to New Mexico, Bates was provost, dean of the faculty and professor of sociology in the Richard Bland College of The College of William and Mary in Virginia from 1996-2000. His career in academia stretches back to 1976.

Darrell J. Pehr
Aug. 18, 2006