JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The former dean of the College of Media and Communications at Arkansas State University will begin a new job at the university.
Dr. Brad Rawlins will become a special assistant to the provost to handle matters about the Arkansas State University campus in Queretaro, Mexico and other academic projects.
In January 2017, he will transition into his appointment as vice-rector for academic and student affairs for the campus in Queretaro.
"We are excited that Brad accepted the offer to take the lead academic position as we move closer to the opening of Campus Queretaro," Provost Lynita Cooksey said. "In looking for an individual who knows the Arkansas State campus and has the pioneering spirit necessary for an ambitious project like A-State Queretaro, it is comforting to know we had that person right here on our Jonesboro campus."
The Queretaro campus is scheduled to open in August 2017.
Several facilities including the main classroom building, student union building, and student residences are currently under construction.
The campus can only admit 1,000 students in its first class and hopes to grow to 4,000 students within its first phase.
"Having someone who already understands our academic structure, is familiar with our degree programs and knowledgeable about the project is a tremendous advantage," Cooksey added.
As special assistant to the provost this fall, Rawlins will focus on finishing the curriculum related to the Queretaro campus and will serve as a liaison between A-State and the ASUCQ group that will operate the facility in Mexico.
At the beginning of 2017, Rawlins will become the vice-rector, which is a Mexican term similar to a provost.
The Queretaro campus is the first "American style" residential campus in Mexico, according to a news release from the university.
Phase one of the campus will focus on offering degrees in engineering, biosciences, business and strategic communication. The degrees will be valid in both Mexico and the United States.
"I am extremely excited about this project," Rawlins said. "It is an opportunity to expand the global visibility of Arkansas State University and its excellent programs in science, engineering, technology, business and communications. It also provides an opportunity to build partnerships with some of the world's leading engineering, biosciences and global business companies that will benefit students of Arkansas State."
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