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Luis Vazquez appointed associate dean of Graduate School at NMSU

Luis A. Vazquez, formerly head of the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department in the College of Education at New Mexico State University, has been appointed associate dean of the Graduate School.

Jay Jordan, associate vice president for research, said Vazquez brings strong academic and administrative skills to the position. "Dr. Vazquez is an accomplished researcher and outstanding teacher with a successful record as head of a department that supports both master's and doctoral programs," he said.

Vazquez is a Regents Professor and principal investigator for the Southern New Mexico ENLACE Collaborative, which develops community-based programs designed to improve the high school and university graduation rates of Latino students.

As a researcher he has focused on ethnically/racially diverse populations in education. He has published in the areas of acculturation, working with translators, and educational development, and has developed multicultural training videos used across the country in counseling and psychology programs. He often speaks at national conferences on issues related to the academic success of students of color.

His awards include a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association for visionary leadership in multiculturalism in psychology and a USDA Faculty Fellowship.

Vazquez earned his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Iowa in 1990, researching the effects of acculturation, acculturative stress and coping on the academic achievement of Mexican American university students. He came to NMSU in 1995 after serving as a senior staff psychologist for the University Counseling Center and assistant professor in Rehabilitation Psychology and Substance Abuse at the University of Iowa.

In his new position, Vazquez reports to Graduate School Dean Linda Lacey, who reports to Jordan in the Office of the Vice President for Research, Graduate Studies and International Programs.