Pope-Davis said NMSU’s mission and status as a land-grant university attracted him to the institution.
“The opportunity to be engaged with a college and institution that places pedagogical engagement, excellence in scholarship, diversity and inclusive excellence, and collaborative learning as important core goals were extremely attractive to me,” Pope-Davis said.
“It has a commitment to serve the needs of the community in which it resides,” Pope-Davis said. “It wants to grow in terms of its research infrastructure and continue to elevate programs in the college and university to a level of distinction. Its goal is to be a transformative institution in the state of New Mexico. Those are the things I find very attractive.”
Pope-Davis has been a faculty member and served in high-level leadership positions both at DePaul University and the University of Notre Dame. He has also been a faculty member at the University of Iowa and the University of Maryland. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and theology from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, his master’s degree from Indiana University and his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Stanford University.
Pope-Davis has been an educator for more than 25 years and has co-authored three books and written several research articles about multicultural counseling, education and psychology. The Journal of Counseling Psychology recently ranked him third in the country as one of the top research contributors in his area of specialization. The American Psychological Association acknowledged his scholarly contributions by awarding him the distinction of fellow in the Society for Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, and in the Society of Counseling Psychology.
He has also served on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Committee on Academic Certification and is currently on the Advanced Placement Higher Education Advisory Council.