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Rhodes named associate dean for NMSU's College of Education

Robert Rhodes has been named associate dean for students and programs at New Mexico State University's College of Education.

Robert Rhodes has been named associate dean for students and programs at New Mexico State University's College of Education. (Courtesy Photo)

He had been serving the college as the interim associate dean prior to his appointment.

"Dr. Robert Rhodes is an experienced administrator who has continually demonstrated outstanding leadership. We are very fortunate to have someone with Dr. Rhodes' experience and knowledge to serve in the associate dean's position for the college," said College of Education Dean Michael Morehead. "As a leader he is able to analyze a difficult situation and develop a strategy to effectively resolve it. He has excellent interpersonal skills and his reflective and thoughtful approach to problem solving will serve him well in the position."

Rhodes said his first goal is to work with the college's departments to solidify processes for national accreditation.

"We want to further develop a collegewide, faculty driven approach to NCATE," Rhodes said. "We also will be working to maintain a strong presence in the state. We want NMSU to be part of the solutions for our state's educational challenges."

Rhodes said a big part of maintaining a strong statewide presence includes protecting core programs that New Mexico's citizens have come to rely on, as well as looking for innovative ways to grow programs in challenging economic conditions.

He said he is excited about these challenges and has had much time to prepare in the last year. In 2009, he was named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow and spent a semester at Pepperdine University working on national accreditation and strategic planning. As part of his fellowship, he also was able to visit a variety of institutions looking at how they approach development initiatives and build partnerships.

Previously, Rhodes was the department head for the Department of Special Education/Communication Disorders, and co-director of the School Psychology Training Program. He received his doctoral degree in school psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and worked as a site-based school psychologist in a culturally diverse and economically challenged elementary school prior to his position at NMSU.

During his 15 years at NMSU, Rhodes has been president of the New Mexico Association of School Psychologists, state delegate to the National Association of School Psychologists and an associate editor of the American Psychological Association's "School Psychology Quarterly" journal. His research focuses on intervention strategies for culturally and linguistically diverse students and neuropsychological applications in the schools.