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Morehead serving as interim dean at NMSU College of Education

Michael Morehead, associate dean and professor of education in the New Mexico State University College of Education, will serve the college as the interim dean.



Michael Morehead, associate dean and professor of education in the New Mexico State University College of Education, will serve the college as the interim dean. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Morehead's term as interim dean began Aug. 1 when Dean Robert Moulton began his appointment as NMSU's interim executive vice president and provost. Morehead has previously served as interim dean for the college from 1999-2000.

"This is an extremely healthy college, with tremendous faculty, staff and students," Morehead said. "I want to continue to continue assisting the faculty and staff at meeting the college's teaching, service and research mission and continue to support faculty and staff so they can be successful and productive in their roles. We also will continue to build a sense of community among our students."

Morehead said the college has greatly expanded its external K-12 partnerships and he would like to continue to foster and build on those relationships.

This fall the College of Education will celebrate the grand re-opening of O'Donnell Hall with a communitywide celebration of education from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 26.

"We want to thank those that have been instrumental in helping us attain this beautiful new building," Morehead said.

Morehead also will continue to work toward the college's reaccreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the professional accrediting organization for schools, colleges and departments of education in the U.S. The reaccreditation process includes a visit from an NCATE evaluation team in November 2009.

Morehead is excited about serving the college, but said he will miss teaching students during this interim period.

Originally from St. Louis, Mo., Morehead has a bachelor's in education, a master's in educational administration and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Missouri in Columbia. Prior to joining the NMSU College of Education in 1992, he worked in administrative roles at Northern Arizona University and Emporia State University. He has been an educator since 1971, including teaching at the middle- and high-school level and serving as an administrator in secondary schools.

Morehead's primary research involves teacher education, program quality, student internships and accreditation. Morehead has been involved extensively with K-12 education throughout his career and has been instrumental in establishing linkages and outreach initiatives that foster collaboration between higher education and public schools. In the last three years, Morehead has been instrumental in establishing the Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning - a collaborative among NMSU, K-12 education and other agencies that support teaching and learning in New Mexico.