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Finalists selected for vice provost for distance education

Four finalists for the position of vice provost for distance education at New Mexico State University will participate in campus interviews Jan. 15-30, said Dean Robert Moulton, who is chairing the search committee. The finalists were chosen from a pool of 100 applicants.

alists are Michael Abbiatti, associate commissioner for information and learning technology for the Louisiana Board of Regents, who will visit the campus Tuesday, Jan. 15; Gary Brown, director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology at Washington State University, who will visit the campus Thursday, Jan. 17; Henry Ingle, associate academic affairs vice president for technology planning and distance learning at the University of Texas El Paso, who will visit the campus Friday, Jan. 25; and Carmen Gonzales, director of the Regional Educational Technology Assistance (RETA) Program at New Mexico State University, who will visit with the selection committee Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Abbiatti has an education specialist degree from Northwestern State University. Prior to serving as an associate commissioner for the Louisiana Board of Regents, he directed the distance education program at Louisiana State University. During Operation Desert Shield/Storm he served as commander of the 325th Medical Detachment and as chief of operations for the 7th Army Medical Command European Theater Blood Bank. He has also held numerous positions of leadership in many professional and community organizations.

Brown has a doctorate from Washington State University in interdisciplinary studies. Since 1996, he has served in several capacities for the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology at Washington State. He became the center's director in 2000. Brown has extensive experience in consulting and software development and has authored several articles, reports and book chapters.

Ingle has a doctorate from Stanford University with an emphasis in international education and cross-cultural communication, educational media and technology, curriculum and instructional design, educational program planning and evaluation and the diffusion and adoption of educational innovations. He has held many positions with UTEP since 1994 and in addition to serving as a vice president, he is a professor of communication at the university.

Gonzales has a doctorate in curriculum and instruction in multicultural teacher education from the University of New Mexico. In addition to directing the RETA program, she is an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at New Mexico State. She has managed many grant and special projects totaling millions of dollars and made presentations across the country about technology integration.

New Mexico State University's vice provost for distance education reports to the provost and is responsible for coordinating and expanding the university's advanced learning technology programs on campus and at remote sites, Moulton said. The vice provost is also responsible for all continuing education programs, including the Weekend College and the Center for Educational Development.

Julie M. Hughes
Jan. 9, 2002