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June 8, 2001


Reed DasenbrockUniversity of New Mexico Provost Brian Foster today named Dr. Reed Dasenbrock as dean of the UNM College of Arts and Sciences, UNM’s largest college, effective Aug. 15.

Dasenbrock, who is currently the associate dean of Arts and Sciences and director of the Arts and Sciences Research Park at New Mexico State University, was selected through a national search process. He succeeds Dr. Fritz Allen, UNM chemistry professor, who has served as interim dean since June 2000.

“He brings to Arts and Sciences an unusual mix of experience and skills that includes scientific research, undergraduate and graduate education and university administration,” said Provost Brian Foster. “Dr. Dasenbrock has the perfect background for working with a large and diverse college like Arts and Sciences.”

“I’m happy to be joining the faculty and administration at the University of New Mexico,” said Dasenbrock. “I am a longtime resident of the state and I think I can help build bridges across the educational institutions within the state. I’m very excited by the challenges of the position.”

Dasenbrock joined the faculty at NMSU in 1981 as an assistant professor. He became and associate professor of English in 1986 and a professor of English in 1991. Dasenbrock was the head of the English department from 1994-97. He has served as associate dean of Arts and Science and director of the Arts and Sciences Research Park since 1998 and was the director of Graduate Studies in the English department from 1984-91. Dasenbrock also spent the 1992-93 academic year as the Jerome S. Cardin Visiting Professor of Humanities at Loyola College in Maryland.

In his current position Dasenbrock has numerous accomplishments to his credit including a 67 percent increase — from $21 million to $35 million — of grants in force in the college. He has diversified funding sources in the college by increasing funding from non-government sources and increasing funding to the social sciences, arts and humanities. During his tenure grants from foundations have increased from $350,000 to $1.25 million, while grants and contracts from corporations have doubled.

Dasenbrock has received numerous fellowships, grants and awards including a $450,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant to endow the Southwest and Border Cultures at NMSU. He is also very active on campus serving on several committees.

He earned his bachelor’s degree, a First Class Honors degree in English, from McGill University in 1974; his master’s in 1980 and his doctorate in 1982, both in English from The John Hopkins University. Dasenbrock also earned a bachelor’s in philosophy from Oxford University in 1977.

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