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Dean expects new associate deans to bring talent, expertise to college

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Christa Slaton hit the ground running in July as she began her tenure leading New Mexico State University's largest college. She had to move quickly to fill four associate dean positions.

Four new associate deans will take on administrative duties in the College of Arts and Sciences. Pictured, left to right, are new Associate Deans Ken Van Winkle and Lisa Bond-Maupin; Associate Dean Robert Czerniak, who will be on sabbatical this spring; Dean Christa Slaton; new Associate Deans Beth Pollack and Jeffrey Brown; and Associate Dean Peter Gregware, who also will be on sabbatical this spring. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

"I admit it was a surprise when I discovered I would be losing the knowledge and expertise of all the associate deans within six months of my arrival," said Slaton.

Associate Provost Walter Zakahi accepted a dean's position at another university and Associate Dean Greg Fant accepted a position as NMSU's associate provost, creating two vacancies. In addition, Associate Deans Peter Gregware and Bob Czerniak had been approved for sabbaticals to accept Fulbright Awards for the 2011 spring semester, creating two more temporary vacancies.

"Fortunately, we have a wealth of talent in the College of Arts and Sciences and so many accomplished individuals who are willing to serve the college in these administrative positions," said Slaton.

NMSU History Professor Jeffery Brown, who is currently serving as interim department head in Art, will serve as the acting associate dean for research. Brown had previously served as both an interim dean and an associate dean in the college.

Beth Pollack, an NMSU language and linguistics professor, will serve as the acting associate dean for academic affairs. Pollack has 10 years of experience as department head and extensive experience with the responsibilities she will handle within the college.

Brown and Pollack, who will officially begin their interim roles in January, are currently participating in all associate dean and department head meetings to prepare for their duties.

Lisa Bond-Maupin, sociology department head and director of women's studies, began her appointment as the college's interim associate dean for planning and budgeting Oct. 15. Bond-Maupin's responsibilities include advising, distance education, faculty development, strategic planning and budgeting, as well as assisting college committees. Bond-Maupin will remain in the position through July 2011.

Ken Van Winkle, music department head and director of bands at NMSU, also assumed his new position as associate dean of development and external affairs Oct. 15. He will assist Bond-Maupin with strategic planning and work with Dean Slaton to expand alumni programs and create a comprehensive development plan.

"Each of these individuals brings to the table a number of strengths and valuable expertise which will benefit the College of Arts and Sciences," Slaton said. "I am excited about our new associate deans and eager to work with them to celebrate our successes alongside our dedicated department heads, faculty and staff."