Welcome Dean Montoya!
Dr. Mitzi Montoya has only been in Albuquerque for a few weeks but she's already fully enjoying life in New Mexico and energized about her new role as Dean at the Anderson School of Management. Following Zoom interviews, online orientations and a cross country move in unusual circumstances, Dr. Montoya's expertise in innovation will be more valuable than ever.
Beginning July 1, Dean Montoya joined the UNM Administration, picking up the reins from Interim Dean Shawn Berman. She immediately began working with university and school leadership to assess the impact of COVID19 and continue contingency planning for summer and fall operations.
Dean Montoya is committed to supporting Anderson students, "As we move forward toward reopening, we will find creative ways to safely engage our students and maintain our high standards of excellence. Anderson faculty and staff are genuinely concerned about our students. I am very impressed with how our students responded to these unprecedented times. They demonstrated tremendous resilience as they adapted to a lot of change in the spring semester. We will continue to do what needs to be done to ensure that our students have the best Anderson experience possible."
Additionally, Dr. Montoya also stated, "Our faculty and staff have been amazing role models of flexibility this year. In addition to rapid adoption of new modes of instruction, many of our faculty also maintain intense research programs that provide critical thought leadership to business. Our faculty are thought leaders in their fields, something we need now more than ever."
Dr. Montoya's mission is to build on the strengths of our students, faculty, and alumni to lead Anderson to the next level, as a national model for business schools, especially those that serve diverse communities. "I am very excited about meeting everyone, listening and working together to forge new paths together".
"When I think about our role in developing future business leaders, I am reminded that our most challenging moments are the ones in which we learn the most about leadership and ourselves," she said. "There will always be adversity and obstacles. The key is to navigate them as a community with compassion and composure. I am confident that Anderson will come out of our current circumstances stronger as we work together."
From the Anderson School of Management's students, staff, faculty, and alumni, welcome Dean Montoya!