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New director appointed for NMSU's American Indian Program

Justin McHorse, former assistant director of diversity programs in engineering at Cornell University, has been appointed the new director of the American Indian Program at New Mexico State University.

Originally from Taos, N.M., McHorse said he always wanted to come back to New Mexico after completing his college education and this opportunity allowed him to realize it.

McHorse, who has served as director since the end of June, said he wants to provide a positive climate to help recruit, retain and graduate American Indian students with degrees.

"My goal is to develop it into a strong program that students utilize," McHorse said.

At Cornell University, McHorse's duties included advising, recruitment and retention. He also was the advisor for the school's chapters of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES).

He earned a bachelor's degree in Native American Studies and English from Dartmouth College and a master's in education with a focus on higher education administration from Purdue University.

NMSU's American Indian Program will host a welcome reception at a later date for new and returning students to meet with staff members and other campus personnel.

For more information contact McHorse at (575) 646-4207.