Fox & Wortman Join DACC Team


Doña Ana Community College (DACC) Interim-President Mónica Torres today announced Dr. Norman Fox will serve as the new Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (AVPAA) and Dr. Martin Wortman will be the new Dean of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Division.

“We had great candidates for both positions,” said Torres. “I welcome Dr. Fox and Dr. Wortman to the DACC family and know they will accomplish great things for our students and the entire New Mexico State University (NMSU) system.”

Dr. Norman (Rusty) Fox

            As AVPAA, Fox will be charged with developing and implementing an enrollment management plan for the community college. He will also serve as a liaison for initiatives focused on increasing enrollment, retention and completion. These include the Aggie Pathway which provides a direct path from DACC to NMSU, the Apple Initiative which incorporates technology into the classroom, DACC Online that allows students to finish part or all of their degree requirements online, and dual credit which offers college credit to high school students at Doña Ana County high schools.

His additional duties include overseeing program offerings, course scheduling and other administrative functions.

Fox has more than 20 years in higher education including community college experience in program design, supervision and teaching. His background also includes publications, presentations and leadership experience in student development.

He comes to DACC from a position as the Dean of Student Success at Mountain View College in Dallas, TX. In this position, Fox supervised academic advising, career development/job readiness, disability support services, health services, freshman year experience, a program to assist students on probation, orientation, success center, transfer center, student discipline and more than 40 full-time employees. Fox also taught as an adjunct faculty in Human Development.

He previously served as the Vice President for Student Development and Educational Services at the Tarrant County College Southeast Campus in Arlington, TX. In this position, Fox was the chief student affairs officer. He oversaw a budget of more than $2.5 million and supervised more than 50 full time employees.

He also has served in executive positions at the Oklahoma City Community College and Brookhaven College of Farmers Branch, Texas.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications from Texas A&M in College Station, TX, a Master of Science degree in Counseling from Texas A&M in Commerce, TX and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Dr. Martin J. Wortman

As Dean of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Division, Wortman will oversee the departments of the division: Arts, Education, English, Humanities and Social Sciences. He will provide academic and administrative leadership in planning and development of academic programs: assessment of student learning; and evaluation and improvement of instructional areas within the division. He will also assist in establishing individual, department and division goals and provide recommendations for faculty promotion and tenure.

Wortman joins DACC after serving as the Interim-Assistant Dean and Campus Director at Springfield College in Wilmington, Delaware. In that position he oversaw a regional campus in the adult degree program at the college. He was in charge of all campus operations and academic activity. While there he finalized and updated articulation agreements with community colleges and also created an agreement for a masters-to-doctorate program.

He previously served as the Associate Dean for the School of Liberal Arts at Excelsior College in Albany, New York, where he was charged with serving more than 7,000 students with on-line programs. While there he led an analysis as the first step in crafting a strategic plan for the institution.

He also held executive positions at the State University of New York’s Empire State College, the program for Experienced Learners at Eckerd College in Palm Harbor, Florida, and the University of Florida, Plant City Center.

Wortman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He earned his Master of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.