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Nanez named to community outreach post

September 24, 2007

University Student Initiatives has named psychology professor and cognitive neuroscientist Jose Nanez executive director of community outreach.

In his new role, Nanez will help create and implement new strategies to advance the university’s student outreach agenda. He also will play a key role in establishing and maintaining existing relationships in the community to support student recruitment and retention.

“We’re extremely pleased that Jose has agreed to join our office and support our efforts to enroll Arizona at Arizona State University,” says James Rund, vice president of University Student Initiatives. “His past scholarly work, research and teaching experience will serve us well as we continue to ensure access to ASU for the rapidly growing pool of talent in Arizona.”

As executive director, Nanez will be engaging members of the education, business and nonprofit communities to better understand the critical role higher education plays in bolstering the state’s economy and enhancing the overall quality of life for Arizonans.

Nanez also will be involved in the evaluation and assessment of existing outreach, recruitment and retention programs to build capacity and enhance effectiveness.

“I look forward to contributing my expertise of some 20 years as a faculty member and scholar to enhancing ASU’s community outreach and student initiative efforts,” Nanez says.

This appointment is the latest leadership role held by Nanez since coming to ASU in 1988 as an assistant professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Nanez later served as associate professor, interim department chair, coordinator of the psychology degree program and full professor.

Nanez has published research articles in top-tier peer review scientific journals, including Nature, Nature Neuroscience and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.