NMMI chooses its new academic dean


Orlando V. Griego has been selected as the next Academic Dean and Academic Director of the New Mexico Military Institute. (Photo submitted)

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The New Mexico Military Institute has chosen a New Mexico native, former US Air Force officer and longtime higher education teacher and administrator as its next academic director and academic dean.

Orlando V. Griego, now dean of the College of Business and Health Administration at St. Francis University in Joliet, Illinois, said the job will combine three of his loves: New Mexico, the military and academics.

“Now I can bring these three things together at NMMI,” Griego said. “It’s like a dream job.”

Griego plans to take office on August 1 and will hold the rank of colonel.

He occupies a position which was occupied by the brigadier. General Douglas Murray for almost 14 years. Murray announced his retirement in February and indicated that when his service at NMMI ends at the end of June, he intends to move to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to be close to his family and serve on the board of directors of the Colorado Military Academy.

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“It is an honor to welcome Dr. Griego to the Institute,” said Major General Jerry W. Grizzle, President and Director of NMMI. “At this stage of education, he will follow the training and skills he has honed and exuded as a student, educator and leader and will share this wisdom with cadets, faculty and staff. I can’t think of anyone better suited to take on this role. His passion for student engagement and success makes him an ideal candidate for the role of Dean of NMMI.

Griego has been the Dean of the College of Business and Health Administration at St. Francis University in Joliet, Illinois, since September 2015. The school is a private Catholic liberal arts university that receives approximately 4,000 undergraduate students per year. , master’s degree and doctoral degree programs, as well as certificate programs. The College of Business and Health Administration has approximately 800 students, 44 full-time and part-time faculty, and a budget of approximately $ 4 million.

“I find the values ​​of NMMI compelling: duty, honor and achievement,” said Griego. “As a member of such an organization, I hope to inspire and prepare students for better results by helping to create a premier educational institution where the focus is on their success.”

Griego said he and his family moved between New Mexico and California almost every year as a child, so he attended 14 schools. He said education was transformative, presenting him with the chance for a better life.

“There were people who helped me get into a private school, kind of like NMMI, but it was a college prep school, and it kind of changed my life,” he said. he declares.

He received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Services in 1982 from San Jose State University, a Master of Science in Human Resource Management in 1988 from Golden Gate University, and a PhD with a specialization in Resource Development. human in 1997 at Colorado State University.

From 1985 to 1993, he served as a captain in the US Air Force. His first duties were as an operations officer in Desert Storm and Desert Shield for approximately 11 months. He then worked in the United States and abroad to develop undergraduate courses to prepare students to become Air Force officers and lead Air Force ROTC programs.

From 1993 to 1997 he worked as a consultant, instructor and training officer for various schools and organizations.

He then joined Colorado State University as an assistant professor, where he worked from 1997 to 1999.

He then joined Azusa Pacific University in California as a faculty member, department chair and associate dean of its School of Business Management, until he joined St. Francis University. While at Azusa, he was also a senior faculty member at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia from 2003 to 2004. This organization provided executive leadership training to government and defense officers.

Griego has written or co-authored four books on data analysis and statistics, as well as 70 other academic papers that have been published or presented at professional and academic conferences. His honors include an award for excellence in teaching and leadership on campus at Azusa Pacific University and he has been nominated twice for the best teacher award at Colorado State University.

Grizzle praised Griego’s work as a teacher, curriculum and degree developer, and administrator who has worked to improve enrollment and student outcomes.

“Having had responsibilities as an Admission Advisor from Professor to Dean during (his) academic calendar,” said Grizzle, “Griego understands the importance to NMMI of enrollment, retention, assessment education and leadership outcomes, and strategies and actions to improve ‘the numbers.’ “

Griego said he still has family in various parts of New Mexico, although no relatives live in the Roswell area. He is the father of two sons who attend Pepperdine University, one being an undergraduate student and the other in law school.

Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or at [email protected]


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