The University of New Mexico — Vice President for Research

The University of New Mexico (UNM) seeks a strategic and entrepreneurial academic leader to serve as the next Vice President for Research (VPR) and to catalyze efforts to enhance research and academic excellence while addressing major global challenges and the pressing needs of New Mexico. The University is powered by close to 3,200 faculty and 6,500 staff working across seven campuses including 15 colleges and schools, and the Health Sciences Center. UNM is a place where cutting-edge research and creative endeavors flourish. Its research generates new knowledge; injects millions of dollars into New Mexico’s economy; drives advances in healthcare, national defense, community engagement, knowledge of human society, and the arts; critically augments teaching; and provides students with intellectual challenges as well as valuable hands-on training in state-of-the-art laboratories, libraries, and studios. 

UNM provides education to nearly 28,000 students, more than 80 percent of whom are New Mexico residents. The University has one of the most diverse student bodies of any major research university in the nation, is one of only eight Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the U.S. that has a Carnegie Classification of Highest Research Activity (“R1”), and one of 119 institutions to receive the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. Research expenditures for UNM in the fiscal year 2019 top $310M with approximately $120M coming from the main and branch campuses and the remainder from the Health Sciences Center. However, there is tremendous potential for the University to increase funded research, scholarly work, creative enterprises, and community engagement that will further enhance the impact of the University on its communities, the state of New Mexico, and the world at large.  

It is a pivotal time for a new VPR to be joining UNM as the University is experiencing a renewed sense of possibility and promise after the hiring of many new leaders joining a group of highly dedicated individuals, all of whom have high aspirations for the University. UNM, like other universities, must deal with the impact the COVID-19 pandemic will have on enrollment, resources, and the research enterprise. But, the new VPR will be able to leverage a highly diverse and talented faculty and the many great assets of the University and in the state of New Mexico. Major research partners include Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, the Air Force Research Laboratory, White Sands Missile Range, a burgeoning commercial space sector, and the other research universities within the state (New Mexico State University and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology). New Mexico and Albuquerque also have world-renowned arts and culture organizations, along with many national corporations and non-profit organizations, and an active technology transfer office (STC.UNM) with which to partner. UNM is among the Top 100 Worldwide Universities granted U.S. utility patents in 2019.

The new VPR will look to find new ways to partner to increase the impact of research, scholarship, and creative activities in New Mexico, generate additional revenue in support of all research endeavors during this financially challenging time, and drive economic development. The campus community is eager to welcome a new VPR who will partner with faculty and University leadership, including those in the Health Sciences and on the branch campuses, to build on the University’s many strengths and lead the University into new scientific, scholarly, and creative endeavors. 

UNM seeks a collaborative and forward-thinking VPR who can help the University achieve further distinction by addressing the following key opportunities and challenges:

  • Create a vision, strategy, and plan to grow research, scholarship, and creative activity
  • Advocate for University of New Mexico research, scholarship, and creative works 
  • Establish and expand sustainable local and national partnerships to increase funding and have a larger impact on New Mexico and beyond
  • Reexamine funding priorities and the F&A distribution model and create incentives for research growth
  • Enhance and sustain a robust, service-oriented research and administrative infrastructure

UNM has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process/until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

Julie Filizetti, Lindsay Gold, and Phuong Ta
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