Dean of UNM Anderson School to leave for new job at University of Utah

Mitzi Montoya, who served as dean of the UNM Anderson School of Management since July 2020, is leaving for a new job as provost and vice president of academic affairs at the University of Utah. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

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The dean of the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is stepping down for a position as senior vice president of academic affairs and provost at the University of Utah, UNM announced Monday.

Mitzi Montoya, who will soon begin her new position at Utah in January, had been dean of the Anderson School since July 2020. The University of Utah also announced her hiring on Monday.

“This was a very difficult decision for me because I deeply believe in the great work we do here at Anderson and in the community,” Montoya said in an email Monday announcing his departure.

The university said it was conducting a nationwide search for a full-time replacement, beginning immediately.

An interim dean is also expected to be announced for the first half of 2023, “with the goal of having a new dean in place by fall 2023,” UNM said in a press release. Montoya said in his email, which was obtained by the Journal, that Provost James Holloway is “already considering possible candidates for this interim position.”

In his new role at the University of Utah, Montoya will guide the strategic direction and academic vision. This includes “several high-impact initiatives” such as doubling on-campus student housing, recruiting first-generation students and becoming a Hispanic-serving university, the university said.

Before joining UNM as dean of the Anderson School of Management – the first Hispanic to hold the position and the first woman to do so on a permanent basis – Montoya worked at Washington State University in as provost and executive vice president, and as a professor at WSU’s Carson College of Business.

Montoya has also served in recent years as dean of the College of Business at Oregon State University and the College of Technology & Innovation at Arizona State University.

Montoya’s career in education, however, began at North Carolina State University — first as an assistant professor, then full-time professor, and finally as assistant dean for research — where she worked. for 15 years, according to LinkedIn.

Speaking to the Journal in 2020 about her transition into administrative work, Montoya said she sees the importance of helping all students succeed.

“I saw who might or might not get into college and who might or might not be successful once they got into (a) college. And I saw a huge need…to design things differently in order to help students who had different needs,” she said.

In July 2020, she replaced the then acting dean, Shawn Berman, who had held the position for over a year. Berman, by 2019, had replaced Craig White, the dean of the Anderson School — acting, and eventually full-time — for more than four years.

Announcing her departure, which will take place at the end of December, Holloway said, “Dean Montoya has been an agent of change at UNM, and I am so grateful that she has given us her energy and talent over the past very few years. difficult. ”

Holloway added, “The Anderson School of Management has moved in positive directions under his leadership, and all of UNM has benefited from his positive energy and his challenging of the status quo.”

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