New Mexico Tech Names New Vice President


Dr. Douglas Wells to head up Academic Affairs 


New NMT VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Douglas WellsSOCORRO, N.M. – The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology has selected Dr. Douglas Wells as its next Vice President of Academic Affairs. Dr. Wells was chosen from a pool of over 40 applicants and will begin his tenure at New Mexico Tech in January.

Dr. Wells is currently the Dean of Graduate Education and a professor of Physics at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, a position he’s held since 2012. He served as Chair of the Department of Physics and the Director of the Idaho Accelerator Center at Idaho State University from 1996-2012. He’s been teaching since 1997.

“I’m very proud to bring Dr. Wells to our campus as the new vice president of Academic Affairs,” NMT President Stephen Wells said. “Douglas brings steady leadership and great skills to the academic affairs office. As a dedicated academic who brings passion to his craft and places great value in teamwork, he’s going to be a wonderful addition to our administrative team.”

Dr. Wells received his Ph.D. in Experimental Nuclear Physics from the University of Illinois in 1990. He also holds a Masters degree in Mathematics from the University of Illinois (1985) and Physics from the University of Virginia (1984).

“I feel honored and fortunate to have been selected,” Dr. Wells said. “New Mexico Tech is a great school and I’m sure the competition for that position was pretty fierce. I feel

very, very good about joining such a good school with all the great faculty, staff and students.”

Tech’s academic reputation drew Dr. Wells to apply for the position. Once he met the people of Tech during his finalist visit, he was sold. “New Mexico Tech is a strong science and engineering school,” Dr. Wells said. “The people were very, very friendly and very nice during my visit. I enjoyed the university. It’s a beautiful campus. The faculty and staff I met with were all very collegial and friendly.”

Dr. Wells looks to build upon Tech’s strong relationships with regional research laboratories as part of his new duties.

“New Mexico Tech is right next to several major national labs. I look forward to trying to grow those relationships. I know Tech already has great relationships with both, and I’ve been working with Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs for some time, so maybe I can help.”

Joining Dr. Wells in Socorro will be his wife Linda. They are the proud parents of sons Daniel (23), Tim (20) and daughter Marilyn (19).

“I like the town of Socorro and the surrounding wilderness area. It’s absolutely gorgeous. My wife Linda and I are looking forward to joining Socorro and New Mexico Tech.”

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