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Finalists announced in education dean search

Four finalists for the position of dean of the New Mexico State University College of Education have been selected, and campus interviews and public presentations by the candidates begin Wednesday, Feb. 23.


The finalists are:

-- Ernesto M. Bernal, a University of Texas-Pan American educational psychology professor and former dean of the School of Education at UTPA.

-- Larry K. Bright, professor and former dean of the School of Education at the University of South Dakota.

-- Julia Rosa Lopez-Emslie, director of a bilingual/multicultural education program and a career ladder program and former dean of the College of Education and Technology at Eastern New Mexico University.

-- Robert D. Moulton, associate vice president for research and dean of graduate studies at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

Bernal will interview at NMSU Feb. 23-24. An open forum for education students is set for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Corbett Center Student Gallery, and a public colloquium is set for 9 a.m. Thursday in the Corbett Center Auditorium.

The schedule for the other three candidates is as follows: Bright, March 2-3; Lopez-Emslie, March 14-15; and Moulton, March 22-23.

Bernal, an educational psychology professor at UTPA, was interim director of the Center for Bilingual Education and Research at Arizona State University from 1995-96 and UTPA education dean from 1990-95. He was the director of the Center for Excellence in Education's Division for Research and Faculty Development at Northern Arizona University from 1986-1990. Previously, he was an education professor at California State University-San Bernardino. Bernal earned his doctor of philosophy degree in educational psychology at the University of Texas-Austin.

Bright was dean of the University of South Dakota's School of Education from 1990 to 1999. From 1981 to 1990 he served as dean of the College of Education and Human Service Professions at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he held the rank of professor in the psychology and mental health department. He earned his doctor of education degree in educational administration and counseling at Montana State University.

Lopez-Emslie has directed ENMU's Escalera al Exito/Career Ladder program since 1999 and Bilingual Education program since 1994. She served as ENMU's education and technology dean from 1991-94 and acting dean from 1990-91. She was dean of the graduate school and research from 1988-90 and the school's assistant dean from 1984-88. Previously, she directed bilingual/multicultural education and counseling programs at ENMU, which she joined in 1982. She earned her doctor of philosophy degree in curriculum and instruction at NMSU.

Moulton has been associate vice president for research and dean of graduate studies at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, since 1988. He also was acting dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication from 1996-1999, and was chairman of the communications department from 1987-88. He directed programs in communication disorders and deaf education from 1976-87. He joined Lamar University in 1974 and previously taught at Western Maryland College and the Utah School for the Deaf. He earned his doctor of philosophy degree in speech and hearing sciences at Michigan State University.

For more information about the candidates, call NMSU Arts and Sciences Dean E. Rene Casillas, chairman of the search committee, at (505) 646-3500.

Rita Popp
Feb. 21, 2000