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Interim associate vice president named for community colleges

Lynford Ames, director of distance education and the Weekend College at New Mexico State University since 1995, has been named interim associate vice president for NMSU's four community colleges, Executive Vice President John Owens has announced.



Lynford Ames has been named interim associate vice president at NMSU.

Virginia Higbie, former dean of the College of Health and Social Services who retired this summer, previously served as administrator for the community colleges. NMSU has two-year community colleges in Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Grants, and Las Cruces.

Ames will continue to administer the Distance Education Program and the Weekend College in addition to his new responsibilities. A national search will begin soon for a permanent administrator for the community colleges and Distance Education Program.

At NMSU, Ames has served as associate dean of the College of Human and Community Services, interim dean of the Graduate School, acting associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and head of the Department of Chemistry.

Ames earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and mathematics in 1960 from Muskingum College and a doctorate in physical chemistry in 1965 from Ohio State University. He conducted postdoctoral studies at Oxford University.

He has been active in various community organizations and is a Paul Harris Fellow, the highest individual honor bestowed by Rotary International.

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CUTLINE: Lynford Ames has been named interim associate vice president at NMSU.

Nena Singleton
Sept. 13, 2000