The University of New Mexico (UNM), the state’s flagship institution, seeks a dynamic, engaging, and experienced leader to serve as the next President. The President will join UNM at a pivotal time. The campus community is eager to welcome a new leader who will build on the University’s many strengths, including its outstanding intellectual environment, highly diverse and talented student population, strong connections to the New Mexico community, and outstanding faculty and staff. UNM plays a critical role in educating New Mexico’s citizens and driving its economy through its research excellence and workforce training in a variety of disciplines, its vibrant health-science enterprise, and branch campuses that touch students and communities throughout the state. The next President will need to build relationships within the University and throughout the state and beyond, set a positive tone and direction for the future, provide leadership stability, and catalyze success within a challenging budget climate. The President will be a visionary and cooperative leader who can lead the campus community and various stakeholders throughout the state in building a better future for the University while championing the University’s current successes and significant positive impacts on the citizens of New Mexico.
With the main campus occupying 800 acres near old Route 66 in the heart of Albuquerque, a Health Sciences Center, branch campuses in Gallup, Los Alamos, Taos, and Valencia, a new campus in Rio Rancho, technology incubators, and multiple education centers throughout the state, UNM provides an education to over 34,000 students, more than 84 percent of whom are New Mexico residents. UNM has one of the most diverse student bodies at a flagship university in the nation, and it is one of only a handful of Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the U.S. that has a Carnegie Classification of Highest Research Activity. The student population reflects the highly diverse population of New Mexico and includes historically underrepresented groups, including a Hispanic student population of over 40%, some of whom are descendants of Spanish colonists with deep roots in the region as well as recent immigrants from a variety of nations in Latin America, and around 5% American Indian students from the state’s indigenous tribes. It is a point of pride that the University represents a cross-section of cultures and backgrounds. UNM has a decades-long commitment to the state’s citizens, maintaining low tuition and providing significant scholarship and financial aid to about 74.2% of students, including 39% of students who received Pell Grants in 2015. The University also has a large economic impact on the state, serving as one of the state’s largest employers and the largest producer of skilled labor, attracting over $300 million dollars annually in contract and grant research funding, and operating one of the state’s largest health care systems. The 2016 edition of the U.S. News & World Report ranks UNM as 176th among national universities and in the top 100 of public institutions in the nation. UNM is ranked as a top 50 public research university by The Top American Research Universities and ranks 45th among public research universities in federal research expenditures.
The next President will face a set of key opportunities and challenges, including the need to:
- Build and expand relationships across the state and beyond that further position UNM as the flagship university of the State and a major player in the higher education landscape
- Position UNM as a model for how a modern university fulfills its missions of academic excellence, research, student success, and access given the changing demographics of the U.S.
- Strengthen a sense of community, excitement, and anticipation about the future
- Continue the positive trajectory of student success while enhancing the University’s reputation as a destination for top students
- Strengthen the financial position of UNM
- Lead and manage a complex organization
- Leverage an engaged Board of Regents as partners in success
Pursuant to New Mexico law and University of New Mexico Board of Regents Policy, the Board will select and publically announce five finalists who will be invited to the campus for interviews.
For more about the Presidential Search Process, please click here.
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Julie Filizetti is leading this search with Lindsay Gold.
UNM is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.