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

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.