College of Education Dean Search

University of New Mexico Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs James Holloway has named Hansel Burley as dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences effective July 1, 2020.

Burley, who comes to UNM from Texas Tech University (TTU), fills the position held on an interim basis by Deborah Rifenbary since July 2019 following the departure of former dean Hector Ochoa. Burley was selected from a group of four semi-finalists who visited campus in late-February and early-March. He met with a number of institutional constituencies including faculty, staff and students during open forums giving the campus community an opportunity to engage and ask questions, as well as provide feedback to the search committee.

 Burley looks forward to his new role at UNM including the opportunity to work with faculty, staff and the people of New Mexico.

“I am excited about joining the UNM College of Education and Human Sciences family. I found faculty and staff to be refreshingly open, transparent, and dedicated to students, educators, and the people of New Mexico,” said Burley. “Seeing their collective commitment to better lives for people requires that I bring my best skill and insight to this mission. Great opportunities and a strong faculty, working together – that's a formula for positive impact."

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