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NMSU announces promotion in university advancement

Rebecca Dukes, vice president for university advancement at New Mexico State University, recently announced that Jim R. McKinney has been promoted to the position of associate vice president of university advancement effective Jan. 2.

McKinney, who has worked for NMSU for more than 20 years, has been a staff member of the office of university advancement for the last six years. He most recently served as director of advancement services.

"Jim has been a critical member of the advancement team," Dukes said. "His technical knowledge combined with his leadership and integrity has enabled us to refine and improve the quality of the information maintained in our data files. He understands the critical link between accurate data and successful stewardship, particularly in conjunction with our current comprehensive fundraising campaign for NMSU."

McKinney earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from NMSU and a master's degree in business administration from the University of New Mexico. He taught in NMSU's College of Business from 1975 to 1977 as a visiting professor in the marketing department. In 1984, he joined the university's computer center and remained with ICT until his transfer to the office of advancement in 2000.

He said the title doesn't really change the focus of his job.

"My goal continues to be to improve the advancement office's ability to support the efforts of the alumni association, development officers and foundation accounting in stewarding relationships with more than 133,000 university alumni and friends," McKinney said.

"If I have one goal for 2007, it is to improve our ability to reach the more than 4,000 alumni who live in other parts of the world," he said.