Message #124: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Subject: NM State Historic Preservation Officer Appointed Date: Wed, 1 May 1996 15:45:57 -0701 (MST) Mime-Version: 1.0 From: Dan Reiley, NM Historic Preservation email@example.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Doug Svetnicka April 29, 1996 827-6364 A veteran professor and chairman of the Department of Anthropology and Political Science at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales has been named as the new State Historic Preservation Officer by Gary Morton, Director of the New Mexico Office of Cultural Affairs. Dr. Phillip H. Shelley, who for the past 19 years has taught anthropology at ENMU, replaces Michael Romero Taylor as the state's Historic Preservation Officer. Taylor resigned the post in February to accept a position with the Museum of New Mexico State Monuments. Shelley, a native of Las Cruces, will direct an OCA division charged with identifying, preserving and encouraging the restoration and reuse of New Mexico's archaeological and historical resources. The Historic Preservation Division employs 20 people with a budget of approximately $1 million. Since 1986 Shelley has been a member of the state's Cultural Properties Review Committee, serving as chairman for the past seven years. The seven-member, governor-appointed committee functions as a policy and advisory board for the Historic Preservation Division. Shelley's degrees in anthropology include a doctorate from Washington State University, master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a bachelor's from New Mexico State University. In addition to his teaching and administrative experience, Shelley is a nationally recognized scholar of Southwestern prehistory, prehistoric stone tool technology and geoarchaeology. Among his numerous scientific publications, awards and recognitions in the field of anthropology, Shelley has received ENMU President's Awards for Excellence in Teaching and University Service. Shelley and his wife, the former Donna Pickrell of Albuquerque, have one son, Matthew. He will assume his responsibilities as State Historic Preservation Officer on June 3.