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Gonzalez to Lead Academic Programs at NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

LAS CRUCES -- I. Miley Gonzalez has been promoted to associate dean and director for academic programs at New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences .

John C. Owens, the college's dean and chief administrative officer, announced the move Sept. 23. "We are fortunate to have someone with Dr. Gonzalez's experience and leadership qualities ready to take over the challenges of this position at this critical time," Owens said. In August, Gonzalez's predecessor, Lynn Robbins, accepted a position at the University of Kentucky. As associate dean, Gonzalez's responsibilities include providing leadership for curriculum, faculty and student recruitment and retention programs.

In addition to his new duties, this month Gonzalez was named to an elite advisory board for Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman. Gonzalez is among 30 members of the newly created National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board. He was selected from among more than 600 nominees.

Gonzalez represents Hispanic-serving institutions on the board. At the first meeting Sept. 16-18, members discussed how grants would be awarded under the Fund for Rural America and how to set up a task force for long-term planning on agricultural research.

"There's a sense of renewed commitment and interest in agricultural research, which is exciting," he said.

Gonzalez had served as assistant dean and deputy director of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service since May 1994. From 1991 to 1994, Gonzalez headed NMSU's agricultural and extension education department. He was director of international programs at the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences from 1992 to 1994.

Before coming to NMSU, Gonzalez was assistant director of international agriculture programs at Iowa State University and director of agriculture training programs for the Consortium for International Development from 1988 to 1991.

Gonzalez owned and operated a consulting business in Phoenix, Ariz., from 1984 to 1988, after serving as a faculty member in agricultural and extension education at Iowa State University. He has a bachelor's and a master's degree in agricultural education from the University of Arizona and a doctorate in agricultural and extension education from Pennsylvania State University.