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NMSU names first associate provost for international and border programs

New Mexico State University has hired its first associate provost for international and border programs.

Portrait photo of Cornell Menking
Cornell H. Menking has been named the first associate provost for international and border programs at New Mexico State University. (Submitted photo)

Cornell H. Menking comes to NMSU from Kentucky State University in Frankfort, where he served as assistant vice president for international affairs. He begins his duties at NMSU in July.

"Dr. Menking brings 25 years of experience in international education and development," said Wendy K. Wilkins, executive vice president and provost at NMSU. "That experience will help NMSU in achieving its goal of focusing our international reach to prepare students for a global society and to expand our land-grant teaching and research missions. I am very pleased and excited that he is joining my executive vice president and provost administrative team. I look forward to having a long and successful working relationship with Dr. Menking."

Menking will hold the primary responsibility of leading the development, implementation and management of strategic international partnerships through collaborative efforts across the NMSU system.

He also will supervise the Office of Study Abroad and the International Relations Institute; collaborate with the Confucius Institute, Center for Latin American and Border Studies and Aggies Go Global; work with faculty on international research and grant opportunities; lead strategic planning that aligns with NMSU's academic strategic plan; serve as the liaison for international campus visitors; and work with admissions on an internationalization recruitment plan.

Prior to his work at Kentucky State University, Menking served as chief international officer at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. From 2001 to 2007, Menking held various positions at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in CumbayŠ, Ecuador.

Menking received his bachelor of arts from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and his master of arts and doctorate in philosophy from the University of New Mexico, where he worked from 1996 to 2000. He speaks Spanish, Russian and West African Krio.