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Three deans appointed at New Mexico State University

Executive Vice President John C. Owens has announced the appointment of three deans at New Mexico State University.


Jerry G. Schickedanz was named dean and chief administrative officer of the NMSU College of Agriculture and Home Economics, the New Mexico Agricultural Experiment Station and the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service, effective immediately. Schickedanz has served in an interim capacity since 1997.

Robert D. Moulton, associate vice president for research and dean of graduate studies at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, was named dean of the NMSU College of Education. His appointment will begin Aug. 1.

Elizabeth McKenney Titus, a library administrator at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill., was named dean of the NMSU Library. Her appointment also is effective Aug. 1.

All three appointments followed national searches and interviews with several finalists for each position.

Before being named interim dean of agriculture, Schickedanz was associate dean and director of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service from 1994-97. After joining NMSU as a range management specialist in 1976, he developed and coordinated the Range Improvement Task Force, which continues to be a source of research-based information for landowners, public land management agencies and natural resource organizations. He received his doctorate in range science from the University of Arizona and a master's degree in range science from NMSU. He also has a bachelor's degree in zoology from Oklahoma State University.

"The college, the experiment station and the cooperative extension service are vital components of New Mexico State University," Owens said in announcing Schickedanz's appointment. "We all look forward to working with Dean Schickedanz in helping advance the college and its units for the benefit of our students, staff and faculty, and the people of New Mexico."

Moulton has been in his current position at Lamar University 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.

Before joining Lamar University in 1974, he 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 and a master's degree in audiology and deaf education at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

"The preparation of teachers is vitally important to the public NMSU serves and we know that there are undefined but strongly held public expectations that universities will prepare knowledgeable and successful teachers,"Owens said in announcing Moulton's appointment. "We look forward to working with Dean Moulton to implement those actions necessary to help place teacher education toward the center of NMSU's institutional agenda."

Titus has been a member of the library faculty at Northern Illinois since 1984, serving for 10 years as associate director for information and access services and since 1995 as special assistant to the director. She has previous library experience at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., and Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn.

She has a Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois, a master's in urban planning from Wayne State University in Detroit, a master's in library science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a bachelor's in political science from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.

"Now that the new dean has been hired, we all can concentrate on advancing an excellent library which, like the other major NMSU components, needs increased funding for faculty and staff salaries and increased funds for operations and acquisitions," Owens said in announcing her appointment.

Karl Hill
March 31, 2000