University of New Mexico President Robert Frank announced the appointment of Christopher Dyer as executive director of UNM Gallup. He assumes the position effective July 1.
Dyer said, "I am greatly honored for the opportunity to provide leadership to the UNM Gallup campus. I believe there is significant untapped potential to contribute to the educational well-being of our students and to play an important role in the economic life of the cultures and communities of western New Mexico."
Dyer currently serves as dean of academic affairs and is a tenured professor of anthropology at Missouri State University - West Plains. He received both his master's and Ph.D. in anthropology from Arizona State University. He is a native of the southwest and a veteran of cross-cultural programming, assessment and economic development. His field research and community service includes work with Native Americans in Alaska and with Hispanics in North Carolina and Texas.
He has made significant accomplishments at MSU - West Plains, including promoting an emporium math program, which resulted in an increase in introductory math course completions from 34 percent to 67 percent in the first year of the program.
Dyer has more than 10 years of experience as an academic administrator and dean, having served at Our Lady of the Lake University, Mount Olive College and the School for Field Studies.
Dyer has received research support from the National Science Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He has made significant accomplishments at MSU-West Plains, including promoting an emporium math program, which resulted in introductory math course completions from 34 to 67 percent in the first year of the program.
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