July 13, 2005 by Jeany Llorente NMSU News Center
Sylvia Acosta, director of development and public relations at New Mexico State University’s College of Business, has been named assistant dean for development and public relations for the college effective July 1.
“We are delighted to have Sylvia as a member of our leadership team in the College of Business,” said Garrey Carruthers, dean of the business college. “Because she has demonstrated in the past one and half years that she is one of the best development officers at NMSU, I am pleased to name her assistant dean for development and public relations.”
In this capacity, Acosta will supervise and implement all external and internal communication activities, marketing efforts and, along with Carruthers, will lead the effort to complete a $25 million fund-raising campaign for the college. Acosta also will serve as adviser to the college’s Student Ambassadors group and the Hispanic Business Students Association.
“I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve our students, faculty and staff in this capacity,” the El Paso native said. “As assistant dean, my job will be to show the college’s commitment to students, parents, friends, alumni and the community. I will help establish a strong endowment-driven financial base so we can continue to provide excellence in education and serve as an economic engine for the state of New Mexico.”
Before arriving at NMSU, Acosta served as the national vice president of external affairs for AVANCE Inc. from 2002-03 and was executive director of development at St. Mary’s University from 1998-2002. In the mid- to late-1980s, Acosta was the president/CEO of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and under her leadership the chamber received the National Hispanic Chamber of the Year award.
Acosta received her bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin and earned a master’s degree in political communication with a concentration in national security from St. Mary’s University.