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NMSU College of Arts and Sciences names director of development

A New Mexico State University engineering graduate who ended up teaching inner city youth in California developed such a passion for education that it brought him back to Las Cruces with a mission to help the university he loves. Mark Gladden has been named the director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University.


Headshot of Mark Gladden
Mark Gladden has been named the College of Arts and Sciences director of development at New Mexico State University. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

"I intend to change the lives of many faculty, staff and students who are currently working with limited resources," Gladden said. "I also intend to create permanent legacies for families who decide to share a portion of their hard-earned wealth with this great university."

Gladden earned a bachelor's degree in engineering electronics from NMSU in 1999. But instead of taking the corporate career route in 2002, Gladden assisted in the formation of "Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy" (J.U.i.C.E.), an inner city Los Angeles nonprofit designed to help youngsters avoid street crime.

"I began teaching computer classes to inner city youth at a second nonprofit that lacked well-trained development staff, and I quickly learned that without funding, even the most meritorious organizations with the most passionate educators simply can't function; I thereafter devoted my time and talent to development," Gladden said.

Gladden said he learned basic development skills while working for the Bay Area Discovery Museum, a nonprofit dedicated to early childhood education located in Sausalito, Calf. He then advanced to UC Berkeley's College of Engineering where he learned best practices from some of the world's top higher-education development professionals.

Gladden served as the director of development for NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences for the past three-and-a-half years. In that position, he participated in team efforts yielding nearly $4 million in total cash and in-kind contributions, and personally spearheaded multiple projects resulting in nearly $3 million in planned gifts and other additions to the endowment pool.

"Mark comes to us with an impressive background in development," said College of Arts and Sciences Dean Christa Slaton. "We are looking forward to doing great things together as he joins our team in the College of Arts and Sciences. Mark has the kind of energy and enthusiasm I know will serve the college well."

In the College of Arts and Sciences, Gladden will work to create endowments for critical areas of teaching and research, while growing faculty chairs and professorships, graduate fellowships, undergraduate scholarships and current-use funds.

"Development is a team-approach, and a successful college is one where the community is fully engaged with the faculty, staff and students," Gladden said. "Development can be fun and deeply rewarding for the faculty who allocate a portion of time from the busy schedules. It requires investment, but the results are worth it."