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NMSU's Coppedge To Head New Mexico Rural Development Council

LAS CRUCES--Bob Coppedge, an economist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service, is the new president of the New Mexico Rural Development Response Council. He was elected Sept. 16 at the annual meeting in Santa Fe.

The statewide council is part of the National Rural Development Partnership, which works to improve the quality of life in rural communities.

"The council deals with all aspects of rural development, not just economic development," Coppedge said. "Our members include health care specialists and elected officials."

The council focuses on enabling rural institutions to work together and bringing together partners from the private sector, state and federal agencies; and local and tribal governments.

Other council officers are Lee Tillman, vice president, with Eastern Plains Council of Governments; and Pam Galbraith, secretary treasurer, with University of New Mexico Hospital.

Coppedge, an NMSU professor and economic development project leader for Extension, joined the university in 1976. He serves as vice chair of New Mexico Rural Alliance and as a board member of New Mexico Industrial Development Executives Association. In 1994, he received the Arthur D. Little Award for overall excellence in economic development from the American Economic Development Council.