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Finalists for NMSU Honors College dean announced

Release Date: 26 Jun 2020

After a national search, two candidates have been named finalists for the position of the next dean of New Mexico State University’s William Conroy Honors College.

The finalists are Phame Camarena, Ph.D., who has served as director of the Honors Program at Central Michigan University for the past nine years; and Joshua Ozymy, Ph.D., who has served as director of the Honors Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for the past four years.

Camarena earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and master’s and doctoral degrees in human development and family studies from Pennsylvania State University. Ozymy earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from Texas Tech University.

The search committee is chaired by James Hoffman, dean of the NMSU College of Business. Hoffman will host a virtual open forum with each finalist July 6. Members of the NMSU community are invited to attend and may submit questions for the finalists in advance. Information about how to attend the virtual open forum, how to submit questions and a feedback form for the candidates, along with their CVs and letters of application, may be found on the search website,

Honors College Dean Miriam Chaiken, who has served as dean for the past six years, will retire July 15.

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