Associate Deans Academic Council


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Monica Torres

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Official Name of the Board

Associate Deans Academic Council

Effective date of establishment

The group became ADAC about 2002. Previously it was the Deans Advisory Council.

Authorized by

Regents Policy Manual (RPM)

Board Reports To (if applicable)

Academic Deans Council

Scope of Impact


Type of Board



The Associate Deans Academic Council (ADAC) serves in an advisory capacity regarding academic matters to the Academic Deans Council and other university officials. ADAC assists in the development, review and approval of academic rules and procedures; reviews and approves curriculum changes (course deletions, additions and course changes); proposes and reviews changes to scheduling and registration processes and university catalogs; and reviews and recommends new academic programs and changes to existing programs.


ADAC advises the Academic Deans Council and other university officials on academic matters. It makes final decisions on changes to courses including additions and deletions.


What is the process for selecting a chair?

The chair is an elected position. ADAC holds an election at the end of each spring semester to select a vice-chair for the next academic year. The person serves as vice-chair for one year and then moves into the chair's position the following year.

Chair for 2017-18 Academic Year


Monica Torres


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Co-Chair for 2017-18 Academic Year

Chair for 2018-19 Academic Year


Karen Kopera-Frye


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Co-Chair for 2018-19 Academic Year

Additional Membership Details

Members are appointed by

By Position

Is membership representative?


What university function/office is responsible for appointments?

Membership is tied to positions: associate deans on the Las Cruces campus (voting members), vice-presidents for academic affairs at the community college campuses (voting members), and representatives from other offices involved in academic issues including the provost's office, the registrar's, and ICT (non voting members).

What are the terms of appointment?

The terms of voting members (associate deans and CC vice presidents) are for the duration of their tenure in those positions.

Are terms staggered?


Are members subject to reappointment?


What is the process for filling vacant positions?

The units represented on ADAC (academic colleges, provost's office, registrar's office, ICT, etc.) fill vacant positions with either interim or permanent appointments. Those appointments then become voting and non-voting members of ADAC.

Member List
Name Title Member Type
Jerry Hawkes Interim Associate Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences Voting Member
Beth Pollack Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences Voting Member
Kathy Brook Associate Dean, College of Business Voting Member
Enedina Vazquez (Gladys DeNocochea) Associate Dean, College of Education Voting Member
Sonya Cooper Associate Dean, College of Engineering Voting Member
Denise Esquibel Associate Dean, Graduate School Voting Member
Karen Kopera-Frye Associate Dean, College of Health and Social Services Voting Member
Tim Ketelaar Associate Dean, Honors College Voting Member
Katherine Terpis Associate Dean, Library Voting Member
Rolfe Saasenfeld Vice Chair, Faculty Senate Voting Member
Mark Cal VPAA, NMSU-Alamogordo Voting Member
Andrew Nwanne VPAA, NMSU-Carlsbad Voting Member
Monica Torres VPAA, NMSU-Doña Ana Voting Member
Harry Sheski VPAA, NMSU-Grants Voting Member
Jennifer Hodges Representative, Academic Advising Council Non-voting Member
Shelly Stovall Executive Director of Accreditation, Provost's Office Non-voting Member
David Smith Director of Assessment, Provost's Office Non-voting Member
Kevin Prieto President, ASNMSU Non-voting Member
Norma Grijalva Chief Information Officer, Information and Communication Technology Non-voting Member
Michael Schmelzle Director International Student and Scholar Services, International and Border Programs Non-voting Member
Greg Fant Deputy Provost, Provost's Office Non-voting Member
Dacia Sedillo Registrar, Student Records Office Non-voting Member
Kori Plank Catalog Editor, Student Records Office Non-voting Member

What university office/function provides administrative support to this board?

The office of the ADAC chair provides the administrative support.

What are the requirements for the number of meetings to be held annually?

Meetings are generally held the second and fourth Mondays of each month.

Was the requirement for the number of meetings met?


List of Meeting Dates

July 10, 2017
July 24, 2017
August 14, 2017
August 28, 2017
September 11, 2017
September 25, 2017
October 9, 2017
October 23, 2017
November 13, 2017
November 27, 2017
December 11, 2017
December 25, 2017 (Holiday)
January 8, 2018
January 22, 2018
February 12, 2018
February 26, 2018
March 12, 2018
March 26, 2018
April 9, 2018
April 23, 2018
May 14, 2018
May 28, 2018 (Holiday)
June 11, 2018
June 25, 2018

Major Accomplishments

-approved numerous changes to courses and existing programs
-made positive recommendations on proposals for new degrees
-commented on proposed changes to administrative rules and procedures as well as NM administrative codes
-proposed several changes to administrative rules and procedures (including development of a scheduling policy)
-made major and minor edits to the academic catalog

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