June 6, 2019 - Leslie Venzuela
I hope this newsletter finds you well!
After six months serving as Acting Dean of the Anderson School, I was honored to be named Interim Dean effective June 1, 2019 by Interim Provost Rich Wood. I am excited to lead Anderson through its next phase. The university is excitingly awaiting the arrival of its next Provost, Dr. James Holloway on July 1, 2019. After his arrival, Dr. Holloway will decide the process and timeline for the selection of Anderson’s next permanent dean.
We had a very successful 2018-2019. Our Part-time MBA program was ranked #74 by US News and World Report, our highest ranking ever, and CEO Magazine honored the Anderson School with the highest ranking possible by recognizing both the MBA and Executive MBA as 2019 Tier 1 programs. Also, Anderson continued to be successful in student competitions, with Dr. Harry Van Buren coaching a team of Anderson graduate students to 1st place in the Daniels Fund Ethics Case Competition in April and Professor John Benavidez recently coaching a team of marketing to students to first place in the Acura ILX Marketing Challenge.
Our two biggest initiatives to increase student enrollment continue to thrive. Our Managed Online Program enrollment continues to grow. The number of students enrolled in MOP classes nearly doubled between the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semester, and there are signs it will grow by more than 50 % in the fall 2020 semester. We also expect the number of international students visiting from partner schools in China to double or even triple over the number visiting in 2018-19.
In March, we welcomed our new Hall of Fame honorees C. Thomas Daulton, Alice Loy, Lillian Montoya, and Jerry Pacheco. The Young Alumni Award went to Amanda Armenta and James Trudeau and Dr. Dimitri Kapelianis, Associate Professor of Marketing, received the Faculty Community Leadership Award. Congratulations to all!
We have now occupied the new McKinnon Center for Management building for just over a year. The MCM has been transformative for how our students learn and gather to share ideas. Additionally, the technology in the classrooms has enabled new ways of teaching for faculty. It is also heartening to see students gathering in all the spaces in McKinnon throughout the day to work on group projects and study, rather than having to go to the library or the Student Union Building to find space. In early 2019, the final external McKinnon Center for Management signage was installed. We are proud that the MCM has a prominent place on the UNM campus.
If you have not seen the new building I invite you to stop by, and I wish you a wonderful summer!