New Mexico Tech Names New Finance Vice President

New Mexico Tech Names New Vice President of Finance
Dr. Cleve McDaniel brings over 23 years of senior higher education experience


Dr. Cleve McDanielSOCORRO, N.M. -- The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology has named Dr. Olin Cleve McDaniel its Vice President for Administration and Finance. Dr. McDaniel comes to New Mexico Tech with over 23 years of experience as a senior higher education leader and officer. He comes to Socorro from the University of Sharjah in Dubai, where he's served as its Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration since 2011.

While Dr. McDaniel has been in the Middle East for the past five years, he joins an administration headed by a familiar face, President Stephen Wells. Dr. McDaniel served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in DRI's Office of Finance and Administration for Dr. Wells from 2005-11.

"I'm very proud to bring Dr. McDaniel to our campus as the new Vice President for Administration and Finance," President Wells said. "I know first hand Cleve brings steady leadership, great skills and tremendous depth of experience to the Administration and Finance office. As a dedicated administrator who brings the highest professional standards and places great value in teamwork, he's going to be a wonderful addition to our leadership team."

"President Wells and I have an excellent working relationship," Dr. McDaniel said. "I have tremendous trust and confidence in him and his leadership as a president. His presence provides this opportunity with great potential."

Dr. McDaniel earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1997. He has been successful in using a multi-tiered approach to developing non-traditional funding sources throughout his career in higher education. Dr. McDaniel has extensive experience working with ethnically, culturally and gender diverse campuses, having served in senior leadership roles at several universities, the Desert Research Institute and as a founding partner with a higher education consulting group. Dr. McDaniel succeeds Richard Cervantes.

"I have experience at different kinds of institutions," Dr. McDaniel said. "I have major experience at public universities, a great deal of experience at the Desert Research Institute and international experience with the American University of Sharjah. I like New Mexico Tech because it combines the qualities of the strong research presence of DRI with a tremendous university. It's a really nice mix for someone with my background."

Dr. McDaniel, currently in Sharjah completing his time at the American University of Sharjah, will begin at New Mexico Tech on Nov. 2. "I have long considered New Mexico as an excellent place to live and I'm really enthusiastic about the possibilities with New Mexico Tech," Dr. McDaniel said. "I'm looking forward to coming to Socorro and becoming a part of the university and the community."