UNM-Taos announces new Chancellor: Mary Gutierrez

The University of New Mexico-Taos has named Mary Gutierrez as Chancellor of the UNM-Taos branch campus effective August 1, 2021.

The University of New Mexico-Taos has named Mary Gutierrez as Chancellor of the UNM-Taos branch campus effective August 1, 2021.

“During the interview process, I was very impressed by the quality of Dr. Gutierrez’ ideas and her dedication to helping all students towards successful outcomes,” said James Holloway, UNM Provost. “She engaged deeply in questions of community connection, and has demonstrated success at multiple levels of academic teaching and administration. Dr. Gutierrez will be an excellent chancellor and a wonderful addition to the Lobo family.”

Gutierrez served as the Vice President of Instruction at Diablo Valley College in California, where she provided leadership and administrative oversight to the college’s instructional programs, including curriculum, academic departments, learning resources, career and technical education, distance education and continuing education.

Prior to joining Diablo Valley College, Gutierrez served as Dean of Language Arts at Skyline College in California, and as Associate Dean of Student Learning at Cascadia College in Washington.

Gutierrez earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University, where she had also served as an instructor. She holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She is a graduate of Las Cruces High School in Las Cruces, NM.

“I am honored to be joining the staff, faculty, administrators, and community members who have worked to make UNM-Taos what it is today,” said Gutierrez. “When I spent time in Taos it was abundantly evident that many people have contributed to making UNM-Taos an outstanding educational institution. I was heartened to observe the community’s involvement in the college, the college’s commitment to the Pueblo Nations, and the joint efforts underway to spur and support regional economic development. The presence of so many faculty, staff, students, council members, advisory board members, and community members throughout my interview process demonstrated not only the importance of the college to Taos but also the strength of the community and the potential in our shared efforts.” 

The search for a new Chancellor began after Patrick Valdez stepped down effective December 31, 2020. Cindy Rooney has served as Interim Chancellor of UNM–Taos, while continuing her role as Chancellor of UNM–Los Alamos. 

“My career has been influenced by working at innovative institutions that empower students by providing divergent learning experiences focused on serving students equitably. Most recently, as an Aspen Rising President Fellow I have benefitted from Aspen’s research on highly effective community colleges and their practices,” said Gutierrez. “I will bring to UNM-Taos my joy for working together as an inclusive team and a strong commitment to serving students equitably by owning our outcomes and improving them using data, research, and innovation.”

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