Associate dean hired for USU distance education

Martha Archuleta was named associate dean for the Utah State University Regional Campuses and Distance Education Wasatch Front region. Archuleta most recently served as the department head of family and consumer sciences and Extension home economics at New Mexico State University. Archuleta was drawn to Utah State’s distance education program by the opportunity to bring education from a land-grant university to people throughout the state. Her past experience working with faculty will be beneficial in her new administrative duties. “I have learned through experience that faculty members are really the nuts and bolts of degree programs,” Archuleta said. “I look forward to working with the wide array of programs available through USU Distance Education as well as interacting with the faculty involved with those programs.” Dean and Executive Director Gary Straquadine said Archuleta will be an asset to the regional campuses and distance education system. “We are pleased to welcome Martha Archuleta to the distance education team,” said Straquadine. “She has a solid understanding of the mission of land-grant universities and will work to lead the Wasatch Front to new heights of academic excellence and achievement. With higher education experiences in three states, her knowledge transfer abilities are a real attribute to our RCDE model. ” As associate dean, Archuleta will provide administrative leadership for the USU Wasatch Front region centers, which includes Salt Lake City and Orem. In addition, Archuleta will promote and facilitate expansion of research and educational programming in the Wasatch Front region. “My goal is to match programs with people,” Archuleta said. “I plan to work closely with faculty and administrators to provide programs that meet the educational needs and interests of Utah’s residents.” Archuleta earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science from Oklahoma State University, a master’s degree in animal science from New Mexico State University and a doctorate in nutritional sciences from the University of Illinois.

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