by George Zamora

SOCORRO, N.M., Aug. 4, 2005 – Ricardo Maestas recently was named vice president for student and university relations at New Mexico Tech. Prior to assuming his new position, he served as associate vice president for student services at the University of New Mexico.

Maestas, who brings 30 years of experience in higher education to the state-supported research university in Socorro, also has held a variety of other administrative, faculty, and research positions at UNM and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, his alma maters, as well as at state universities in Ohio and Illinois.

He received his doctorate in higher and postsecondary education from the University of Michigan and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UNM. In addition, he also is a graduate of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education management development program.

Maestas is an active member of several national societies and associations of higher education and maintains professional affiliations with various panels, foundations, and boards of directors, particularly with organizations focused on Hispanic and Latino issues and concerns in higher education.

In his new position as vice president for student and university relations at New Mexico Tech, Maestas will be responsible for directing and coordinating activities that are directly related to student recruitment and retention, admissions, financial aid, first-year experience, minority and international programs, advising and counseling, student and residential life, auxiliary services, career placement, fundraising, performing arts, and alumni and public relations.

“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to not only work at such an outstanding institution of higher education as New Mexico Tech, but also to be able to interact with some of the most exceptional students New Mexico has to offer,” says Maestas.

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