The University of New Mexico — Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

The University of New Mexico (UNM), the state’s flagship institution, seeks an inspirational, creative, and strategic academic leader to serve as the next Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost/EVP). Joining the team of President Garnett S. Stokes, who became President in March, 2018, the new Provost/EVP will help lead this distinct institution into an exciting new era and will catalyze efforts to enhance academic excellence and student success that will improve opportunities for all of New Mexico’s residents, including UNM students, staff, and faculty, and alumni. The successful candidate for this position will be an experienced and visionary academic administrator with the proven skills to lead this highly diverse community and respected center for research and education – addressing major global challenges and the pressing needs of New Mexico.  

UNM plays a critical role in educating New Mexico’s residents and driving its economy through research excellence and education in a variety of disciplines, a vibrant health sciences enterprise, and branch campuses that serve students and communities throughout the state. The University has many other aspirations and is experiencing a renewed sense of possibility and promise under the leadership of the new President. The campus community is eager to welcome a new Provost/EVP who will partner with the President, the Chancellor for Health Sciences, and other key leaders to 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 exceptional faculty and staff. 

UNM provides an education to nearly 33,000 students, more than 80 percent of whom are New Mexico residents. The University also includes a Health Sciences Center, branch campuses in Gallup, Los Alamos, Taos, and Valencia, technology incubators, and multiple education centers throughout the state. UNM has one of the most diverse student bodies of any flagship university in the nation, and is one of only a handful of Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the U.S. that has a Carnegie Classification of Highest Research Activity (“R1”). In fiscal year 2018, UNM attracted $300 million dollars in contract and grant research funding. The 2019 edition of the U.S. News & World Report ranks UNM as 187th among national universities and in the top 100 of public institutions in the nation.

UNM seeks a collaborative and forward thinking Provost/EVP who can work effectively with the President, Board of Regents, Vice Presidents, Deans and other senior leaders, the Academic Senate, students, staff, faculty, and the external community to help the University achieve further distinction by addressing the following key opportunities and challenges:

  • Position UNM as a model university in the way that it fulfills its missions of academic excellence, research, student success, and access given the changing demographics of the U.S. 
  • Manage and strengthen the financial position of UNM
  • Build an Academic Affairs organization that works together to promote academic excellence
  • Continue the positive trajectory of student success while growing enrollments
  • Champion UNM’s significant impact on the state of New Mexico
  • Raise the national and international visibility and prominence of UNM
  • Strengthen a sense of community, excitement, and anticipation for the future

UNM has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. For more details, including the full position profile with a list of minimum and preferred qualifications, and to submit inquiries, nominations, and referrals, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: www.imsearch.com/6854.  

Julie Filizetti and Lindsay Gold
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.655.4900
Fax: 415.655.4905

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.

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