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McCarthy tapped to oversee NMSU engineering academics

William McCarthy has been appointed associate dean of the New Mexico Sate University College of Engineering, after serving as interim associate dean for a year.

William McCarthy has been appointed associate dean of the New Mexico State University College of Engineering.

As associate dean, McCarthy is in charge of academic affairs for the engineering college. "I am charged with verifying the quality of academics in the College of Engineering, working with students in registration and advising, and working with other associate deans with regard to academic programs here on campus," McCarthy said.

"Our goal is to have an engineering degree from NMSU widely recognized as a symbol of quality and integrity," said Jay Jordan, dean of the engineering college. "The associate dean for academics is responsible for upholding our high academic standards and must be a person who exemplifies these qualities. Dr. McCarthy is just such a person."

McCarthy, who grew up in Las Cruces, joined the faculty of NMSU's civil, agricultural and geological engineering department in 1980. He became a full professor in 1995 and is a Registered Professional Engineer in New Mexico. A wheelchair user himself, McCarthy works with students with disabilities as project director for the National Science Foundation-funded Regional Alliance for Science, Engineering and Mathematics for Students with Disabilities.

He earned his bachelor's degree in 1973, his master's degree in 1976 and his doctorate in 1981, all in civil engineering at NMSU. He has received the engineering college's Frank Bromilow Award for Teaching, the Chi Epsilon civil engineering honor society James M. Robbins regional award for excellence in teaching and two professional service awards from the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers, most recently in 1998.

McCarthy is involved in the community, serving as secretary and board member of Casa Arriba Caregivers. He also has headed the Explorers and organized the Merit Badge University for the Boy Scouts of America.