University of New Mexico — Executive Vice President for Health Sciences and CEO, UNM Health System

The University of New Mexico (UNM) seeks an Executive Vice President (EVP) for Health Sciences to lead and empower UNM Health Sciences Center leaders to develop a vision and strategy to greatly enhance the academic, clinical care delivery, education and training missions of the UNM Health Sciences. This transformational leader will assure that UNM meets the needs of the people it serves: patients, learners, faculty, staff, and New Mexico’s rich multicultural, multiethnic communities. 

The EVP for Health Sciences will have primary responsibility and oversight for the health sciences research, education, community service and clinical programs at UNM. The health sciences programs include the Schools/Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Population Health. The University of New Mexico Health (UNM Health System) is the largest health system in New Mexico. In addition to the NCI designated UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, UNM Health System is comprised of the UNM Hospital, UNM Medical Group and Sandoval Regional Health Center. Combined, the Health Sciences Center and UNM Health System enterprise employ nearly 11,000 FTE, enroll over 2,200 bachelors, professional and graduate students; have research awards of more than 190 million per year (FY20); and manage a total budget of $2.2 billion (FY20), which includes the $1.5 billion health care delivery system.

The EVP will report directly to the President of the UNM, and will be expected to work collaboratively with the university’s Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost in order to advance university-wide strategic and academic program development. The President’s vision for UNM is to create a “one university” culture that will expand its academic and research activities in service to all New Mexicans. UNM is a unique institution serving New Mexicans through outreach and profound commitments to equity, inclusion and social justice. 

This is an outstanding opportunity for a collaborative and progressive leader who embraces UNM’s public mission to serve vulnerable and diverse populations. The next EVP will advance health equity and health professions education and research. The successful candidate will have an MD, PhD, PharmD or equivalent terminal degree. They will also have the passion and expertise to advance the health of New Mexicans; a strong track record of scholarship and executive skills and experiences; and the ability to lead an organization’s clinical enterprise and successful interdisciplinary collaborations within a complex public university with outstanding change management, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.

Please direct all nominations and resumes to Chris Colenda, MD, Joyce De Leo, PhD, Karen Otto and Kerry Quealy, preferably via e-mail, to or call 630-575-6159. Application materials submitted to UNM for employment opportunities are subject to disclosure under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act.

The University of New Mexico values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.