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NMSU committee begins search for new library dean

  • By Adriana M. Chávez
  • 575-646-1957
  • adchavez@nmsu.edu
  • Jul 01, 2021
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A search advisory committee at New Mexico State University has been appointed to begin the search for the next dean of libraries.

William Conroy Honors College Dean Phame Camarena is heading the committee, while search firm Isaacson Miller has been retained to assist with the nationwide search.

“The next dean of libraries will join NMSU at an exciting time with a new university strategic plan, LEADS 2025, and a renewed commitment to positioning the libraries as a critical partner in efforts to achieve university goals, which include becoming a Carnegie R1 institution,” said NMSU Provost Carol Parker. “I know the faculty, library staff and I are all eager to begin working with the new dean to identify, plan, acquire and implement the new library services and resources needed to attain our future vision for the libraries.”

Elizabeth Titus retired last year as NMSU library dean after two decades at the university. Interim Dean Katherine Terpis has led the libraries since Titus’ retirement.

Camarena said the library is the “academic heart” of the university, serving both students and faculty.

“The members of the search team understand the importance of this dean position and we are approaching our charge with a real seriousness of purpose,” Camarena said. “Given the work we have already completed, I have every confidence that we will be able to identify high-quality candidates ready to champion and lead the next steps in the growth of the NMSU library system.”

For more information, visit https://webcomm.nmsu.edu/hire/library-dean/.