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Morehead named dean at NMSU College of Education

Michael Morehead has been named the dean of the New Mexico State University College of Education.


Morehead, associate dean and professor in the College of Education, has been serving as the interim dean since 2008.

"Dr. Morehead is recognized as a successful collaborative innovator, and brings a significant amount of experience to this position, having led the college as interim dean twice in the past 10 years," said Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Jay Jordan. "He is highly respected by our local community of educators and has an outstanding research and teaching record."

"This is an extremely healthy college, with tremendous faculty, staff and students," Morehead said. "We want to continue to excel at meeting the college's 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 he has five focus areas for the college moving forward including excellence in research, strong partnerships with public schools and university partners, a focus on border issues, advancing new technologies in instruction, and enhancing external support for the college.

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, Mo. 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 five years, Morehead has been instrumental in establishing the Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning - a collaborative among New Mexico State University, K-12 education and other agencies that support teaching and learning in New Mexico.