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NMSU history professor appointed to New Mexico Humanities Council

Dwight T. Pitcaithley, a history professor at New Mexico State University, has been appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson to the board of the New Mexico Humanities Council (NMHC), a private non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the humanities to public audiences throughout New Mexico. His term will continue until Dec. 31, 2006.



Dwight T. Pitcaithley, a history professor at New Mexico State University, has been appointed by Gov. Richardson to the New Mexico Humanities Council. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)


"This is a good way of finding out how New Mexicans think about the humanities and how I can assist with the fine work already being done by the Humanities Council," Pitcaithley said. "And in some sense, it's an opportunity to give back to the state."

Pitcaithley, a native of Carlsbad, N.M., earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in history from Eastern New Mexico University in Roswell and his Ph.D. from Texas Tech.

NMHC Executive Director Craig Newbill suggested Pitcaithley for appointment because of his career in the National Park Service and support of public history and the public humanities, the branches of learning concerned with human thought and relations.

"He will complement other board members' skills, backgrounds and activities in the public humanities in the Las Cruces area," Newbill said.

Pitcaithley will join four other members from the area, including Bill Eamon, director of NMSU's Honors College.

Pitcaithley recently retired as chief historian of the National Park Service. He is president of the George Wright Society and a council member of the American Association for State and Local History. He is a 2005 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Organization of American Historians and has been honored as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and a Distinguished American Scholar by the Fulbright New Zealand Board of Directors.