Julie Coonrod becomes Acting Dean of UNM’s Anderson School of Management: UNM Newsroom

Julie Coonrod, professor and dean of graduate studies at the University of New Mexico, has been appointed acting dean of the Anderson School of Management. Coonrod will begin her appointment on January 1, 2023 and will remain in office until the next permanent dean takes the helm.


Julie Coonrod

A native of Albuquerque, Coonrod has a background in civil engineering. He has been with UNM for 26 years, was a Graduate Dean for 10 years and has consistently worked successfully with faculty across UNM, as well as with senior management and external stakeholders. She is an active and strong voice in the dean’s office and in the study office. This semester she has a special assignment as an ACE Fellow working in the Office of the President of the University of Maryland College Park.

“Dean Coonrod is an exceptional academic leader and I have great confidence in her ability to support the Anderson School in its transition to the next dean,” said UNM Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, James Holloway.

“I look forward to working with Anderson’s faculty, staff, students and friends as the search for a permanent dean takes place,” said Coonrod. “The School of Management has so many connections to the local community. As a longtime New Mexican, I will be honored to serve the university in this role.”

Current Anderson Dean Mitzi Montoya is slated to become Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Utah at Salt Lake City. She will begin her new position on January 3, 2023.

“This has been a very difficult decision for me because I truly believe in the great work we are doing here at Anderson and in the community,” Montoya said. “At the same time, the Provost position at the University of Utah is an exciting opportunity for me to continue making a difference in my leadership journey in higher education.”

“The Anderson School of Management has been moving in positive directions [Dean Montoya’s] leadership and all UNM have benefited from their positive energy and challenge to the status quo. I look forward to working with her as co-principal at a school as important to Utah as UNM is to New Mexico,” added Holloway.

Holloway forms the search committee to begin a national search for a new permanent dean for Anderson. Recommendations for members of the Search Advisory Committee can be sent to [email protected]