March 14, 2014. Retrieved online March 17, 2014 from Alta LeCompte, Las Cruces Bulletin
Assistant dean named for development
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The bottom line for Anthony Casaus, the new assistant dean for development and alumni relations at the New Mexico State University College of Business, is “to support the students so they can go on and be successful.”
“Students go off and do exciting things, making an impact in the country and the world,” he said.
Casaus got his start in broadcast journalism, thanks to the very personal support of Sean McCleneghan, the head of the department and “one of several professors who played a critical role in my success.”
Rookie changes course
Casaus navigated his undergraduate years the hard way, working 35 hours a week at a shoe store in Mesilla Valley Mall while cobbling together the money for school with loans and grants.
He said McCleneghan was well known in journalism circles and always successful securing internships for students, including one for him in his home town.
“I pulled into the parking lot at KBIM in Roswell for the first day of my internship and went to the back door. The news director met me there. He was waiting for me. ‘I need you to cover a story,’ he said, handing me a camera.”
Prioritizing and partnering
His career path took him from KBIM-TV, Roswell in 1988 to Boy Scouts of America in 1990.
He returned to Las Cruces in 1996 as director of development at KRWG-TV, and in 1997 spearheaded an effort to save live student broadcasts, which were about to be cancelled due to lack of funding.
With McCleneghan and another staff members he went on the road to stump for the program, meeting with public media station executives in El Paso and Albuquerque.
Partners make big things happen
Now Casaus looks ahead to partnerships within the business college, on campus and in the community.
Casaus said he’ll be working closely with NMSU’s executive director of alumni relations, Tammie Campos, who creates opportunities to meet alumni all around the country.
He also will be working closely with development officers in the NMSU Foundation.
“A lot of gifts to the business college are part of gifts to multiple programs on campus,” he said. “It is imperative for development officers to work collaboratively.”
Walking the walk
Casaus said when he returned to Las Cruces he made a commitment to contribute to the journalism department.
“I immediately became involved contributing to the scholarship fund for Hispanic students, and I will do the same for the business college,” he said.
During his five terms on the state Commission for Community Volunteerism, he worked with AmeriCorps, Senior Services and other volunteer programs and helped promote their efforts.
“I got the director of broadcasting to buy in and New Mexico’s three public television stations produced a one-hour program on volunteerism,” Casaus said.
In October 2013, Casaus secured a grant from the Con Alma Foundation for KRWG to produce a series of 10 television programs “La Frontera – A changing America: Latina Behavioral Health in New Mexico” to educate and support the community about substance abuse or mental health conditions.