June 3, 2011 by Justin Bannister, NMSU News Center
Andrea Tawney has been named the assistant dean for development at New Mexico State University’s College of Business. She brings several years of experience in successful development and grant writing work with her to the university.
“I am pleased Dr. Tawney has accepted our offer to join us at the College of Business,” said Garrey Carruthers, dean of NMSU’s College of Business and vice president for economic development. “She has a long history of development work at Texas Tech University and just recently completed her Ph.D.”
Tawney has eight years of experience as both an administrator and a faculty member while at the University of Arizona and Texas Tech University’s Health Sciences Center. She served as a fundraising and grants consultant for a number of colleges, universities and hospitals. She started in development work as a program coordinator while at the University of Arizona Cancer Center.
“The researcher I worked for received a grant from a private foundation and I was able to see first-hand what a huge impact those dollars made on the lives of cancer patients and their families,” Tawney said. “I knew that I wanted to work in development because I enjoyed seeing the immediate and positive impact of private gifts.”
Tawney said she was attracted to NMSU because of its diverse population of students, faculty and staff. She noted NMSU’s high quality education and research that fulfills the state’s land-grant mission, the cultural diversity and natural beauty of the area and the potential impact that can be made through private gifts and donations.
Tawney is originally from Sacramento, Calif., but has spent most of her adult life in the Southwest, including time spent serving active duty for the Air Force in Tucson, Ariz. She earned a bachelor’s degree in justice systems, policy and planning and a master’s in education from Northern Arizona University. Her Ph.D. is in higher education from Texas Tech University, with a focus on the predictors of academic success for first generation college students.