University of New Mexico–Los Alamos — Chancellor

The University of New Mexico (UNM), the state’s flagship institution, seeks a strategic and experienced academic leader to serve as the Chancellor of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA). One of the four branch campuses of UNM, UNM-LA is a rigorous and affordable comprehensive community college that provides foundations for transfer, leading-edge career programs, and lifelong learning opportunities. Located in Los Alamos at the base of the Jemez Mountains on the beautiful Pajarito Plateau, UNM-LA is surrounded by natural wonders, such as the Valles Caldera and Bandelier National Monument and adjacent to the world-famous Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). LANL is the largest employer in the region and has hired 2600 new employees in the last two years with plans to hire an additional 1200 in the next two years. Los Alamos County is regularly ranked among the best communities in which to live for safety, schools, and recreation, with one of the most internationally diverse populations in the nation and the highest concentration of PhDs per capita in the country.

UNM-LA serves over 1,200 students in northern New Mexico. The student body is representative of its communities with 60% Hispanic and 6% Native American enrollment, making it a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) with one of the most diverse student bodies in the state. Through numerous collaborative efforts, UNM-LA has made tremendous progress with stable enrollment in a state of declining college-going enrollment, improved financial stability, new and expanded programs to target workforce needs, new local scholarships and internship opportunities for students, and expanded relationships with the Los Alamos community and beyond. In 2020, UNM-LA was awarded its first Title V Grant by the Department of Education, totaling more than $2.3 million over five years, to help build strong STEM academic and career pathways for students.

This is an exciting and pivotal time for the next Chancellor to join the campus and the UNM leadership team. Several new and established leaders at the UNM branch campuses are coming together to focus on ambitious goals set by the newly adopted UNM 2040 strategic plan. UNM-LA has an excellent foundation for even greater impact in the region by further expanding and augmenting relationships and connections and finding new opportunities for growth. The next Chancellor will be a forward-looking and collaborative leader who can champion the campus and community college education at large; view their work as essential to the success of students, the campus, the community, and the UNM system; and who can skillfully manage and expand resources for the betterment of UNM-LA and for a significant impact on the workforce and economic development of the region.

Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs for the UNM system, Dr. James Holloway, the Chancellor will serve as the chief executive of UNM-Los Alamos and a critical partner in the overall UNM system to address the following opportunities and challenges:

  • Develop a compelling strategic vision and priorities for UNM-LA
  • Cultivate the resources necessary to better support campus facilities and operations and advance the campus’ aspirations
  • Expand the community of staff and faculty to ensure a more sustainable future
  • Further engage community partners in Los Alamos to support student success, ensure appropriate and competitive programming, and best respond to workforce needs
  • Champion and extend the impact of UNM-LA among UNM campuses, within the community, and beyond

UNM-LA 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. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search at https://www.imsearch.com/8291. Electronic submission of materials is required.

Lindsay Gold, Phuong Ta, and Kathy Martinez
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA  94111
Phone: 415.655.4900

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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