Dr. Peter Mozley Named Interim V.P. of Academic Affairs

Dr. Peter Mozley Named Interim V.P. of Academic Affairs
Dr. Mozley to fill in for retiring Dr. Warren Ostergren


Dr. Peter MozleySOCORRO, N.M. – New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology President, Dr. Stephen Wells, has appointed Dr. Peter Mozley Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs.               

Dr. Mozley fills the void left by Dr. Warren Ostergren, who is retiring at the end of July after serving as the Vice President since July, 2014. Mozley will direct Tech’s Academic Affairs office until a permanent Vice President is named. A hiring committee is currently undergoing the search for a permanent candidate for the position.        

Dr. Mozley has served as the Associate Vice President, under Ostergren, for the past year. He’s been a professor of Geology at New Mexico Tech since 1991, teaching and doing research for the Tech’s Department of Earth and Environmental Science. Mozley came to the Academic Affairs office after serving as the Associate Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Science.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Dr. Mozley said.  “I’ve been working closely with Warren for the last year as associate vice president for academic affairs and am glad to have the opportunity to perform this service for the institution.”

Mozley earned a Ph.D. in Geology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, California in 1988. He has a M.S. in Geology from the University of Colorado (1985) and an A.B. in Geology from Oberlin College (1980).

“I have great confidence in him in interim capacity,” Dr. Ostergren said. “He’s done an outstanding job since he’s transitioned in as Associate Vice President. I think it will give him an opportunity to continue to grow and develop in terms of his administrative and leadership capabilities. I think the key thing is that he works so well with people and brings in very diverse opinions and makes sure those represented well.”

Ostergren is retiring after joining the New Mexico Tech faculty as an adjunct professor in 2003. He became an associate professor of Tech’s Mechanical Engineering Department the next year and been the department chair in 2009.

As for Mozley, the appointment starts his second year as an administrator.  “It will be a nice challenge for me,” Mozley said. “I’ve been with the administration for only about one year so this will be a nice new additional challenge.

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