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Search begins for new dean of the College of Health and Social Services

John Owens, executive vice president of New Mexico State University, has announced the formation of a committee to conduct a national search for the next dean of the College of Health and Social Services.


Virginia Higbie, dean of the college since 1988, announced that she will retire from the position effective July 31, 2000.

"I think it's time to look at other opportunities and enjoy some leisure time," Higbie said. "I have enjoyed my time here at NMSU. It's been challenging and very satisfying."

"The College of Health and Social Services is a key component of NMSU and we are committed to conducting a vigorous search for this leadership position," Owens said.

Dean Jay B. Jordan of NMSU's College of Engineering will serve as the committee's chairperson. The 11-member committee also includes representatives of the college's faculty and staff, students and clientele.

The committee will be charged with soliciting and screening nominations and applications, and recommending finalists to be interviewed on campus. A new dean of the college is expected to be appointed by summer 2000.

When Higbie came to NMSU, the college -- then known as the College of Human and Community Services -- was solely an undergraduate college. The College of Health and Social Services now offers graduate degree programs in each of its three departments: social work, nursing and public health.

Prior to her arrival at NMSU, Higbie was campus director at the University of New Mexico's branch campus at Los Alamos and a graduate faculty member in UNM's College of Education.