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NMSU staff person to become state association president-elect

Michael Armendariz, coordinator of services for students with disabilities at New Mexico State University, has been selected to represent the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) as the president-elect of the state organization.

riz will serve as president-elect for one year and then take over as president. The role of the president-elect is to steer committees, oversee information sent to the governor and serve as a liaison for AHEAD to the New Mexico Secretary of Higher Education.

AHEAD is a professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education. It serves New Mexico in addressing issues with respect to disability, education and accessibility. It provides training to educators through conferences, workshops, publications and consultation.

"This shows state officials and visitors that NMSU is leading everyone in the state in helping students with disabilities," Armendariz said. "This position is important to me because I have the opportunity to gain decision-making advice from the association and a lot more information about best practices."

Armendariz coordinates the services for students with disabilities program at NMSU, aiding in testing accommodations, interpreting, note-taking and alternate text formats.

Armendariz has served as chairperson for NMSU Disability Advisory Board for two years and adviser for Citizenship and Service Learning at his alma mater, Southwest Missouri State.