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New dean announced for College of Health and Social Services

New Mexico State University announces the appointment of Dr. Tilahun Adera as the dean of the College of Health and Social Services (CHSS) effective July 1, 2009. Adera comes to NMSU from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine where he is senior associate dean for public health and a professor of epidemiology and community health.

Photo of Tilahun Adera, the new dean of New Mexico State University's College of Health and Social Services.

"Dr. Adera will bring excellent credentials and experience to this position. He has worked tirelessly within the public health arena," said NMSU Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Bob Moulton. "I am confident he will lead the College of Health and Social Services effectively and know he has the support of NMSU and our partners. His knowledge and expertise across a range of disciplines will be extremely valuable as the college continues to grow and expand its educational, research and service programs."

Adera's formal education includes a pharmacy degree from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, where he was born. He received a master's degree in environmental health from Oregon State University, a second master's degree in public health at the University of Washington and a doctorate degree in public health from Oregon State University.

Adera's responsibilities as the dean of CHSS include promoting high standards of teaching, service, scholarship and outreach. In addition, he will oversee recruitment and student success, program development and assessment, resource and personnel management, strategic and long-range planning, fundraising, and faculty and staff development.

"I am honored to be the next dean of the College of Health and Social Services at New Mexico State University. I am tremendously impressed by the breadth and depth of accomplishments at the university," Adera said. "Working with partners to improve the health and well-being of all New Mexicans will be a major priority. In addition, we will continue to be committed to education, research and service excellence."

Adera has identified several goals for CHSS he hopes to accomplish:

?Build on existing strengths of CHSS by strengthening the teaching and research missions.

?Increase the quality of students entering CHSS.

?Recruit and retain high-caliber research and teaching faculty.

?Create additional advanced degree programs.

?Increase external funding for CHSS.

In addition to his current position at Virginia Commonwealth University, Adera was a professor of epidemiology at Oregon State University as well as at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.

He begins as dean of the College of Health and Social Services at New Mexico State University on July 1, 2009. Dr. Robert Rhodes will serve as Interim Dean of CHSS until July 1, 2009.