Welcome to the School of Public Administration

Welcome to the School of Public Administration (SPA) at the University of New Mexico. Founded in 1969 under the leadership of former UNM president, Dr. Ferrel Heady, the school provides a solid academic foundation to prepare students for leadership and management positions in the public and non-profit sectors. From public management and organizational behavior, to public policy evaluation and health policy and management - our faculty provide insights into the numerous challenges facing our society and government and how they can best be managed.

SPA’s students come from diverse backgrounds - some from years of professional work experience, some are recent college graduates, and others are mid-career professionals interested in advancing in their current positions or exploring new career opportunities. Our students pride themselves in fostering debate on important issues, encouraging one another, and creating a vibrant learning environment. 

We invite you to explore our website and learn about our professional administration programs.

SPA Welcomes New Director Dr. Phillip (Felipe) Gonzales 

Dr. Phillip (Felipe) Gonzales

The University of New Mexico School of Public Administration (SPA) has a new director. Dr. Phillip (Felipe) Gonzales was appointed by Dr. Mark Peceny, Dean of Arts and Sciences, as the Director of the School of Public Administration on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Dr. Gonzales began his two-year term on Sept. 1.

 Dr. Gonzales returned to his native New Mexico after earning his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985 to join UNM’s Department of Sociology.  In his distinguished career at UNM, Dr. Gonzales has served as the Director of the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute, Chair of the Department of Sociology, and as Senior Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.  

A scholar of race and ethnicity, social movements, and Latino studies, Dr. Gonzales has recently completed a 1300 page book manuscript that presents a comprehensive political and social history of New Mexico, entitled Política:  Nuevomexicanos and American Political Incorporation, 1821-1871, which is in production at the University of Nebraska Press.

“I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Phillip (Felipe) Gonzales has agreed to serve as the next Director of the School of Public Administration,” Dr. Peceny commented. “Please join me in thanking Dr. Gonzales for his willingness to take on this leadership role and in welcoming him to Public Administration.”

Dr. Gonzales is the 12th SPA director since the School’s inception in 1969.

UNM School of Public Administration Directors
1969 – Dr. Albert H. Rosenthal
1971 - Dr. David R. Jones (Acting)
1974 - Dr. Leonard Stitelman
1981 - Dr. T. Zane Reeves
1987 - Dr. F. Lee Brown
1993 - Dr. Bruce Perlman (Interim)
1996 - Dr. Alistair Preston
1997 - Dr. T. Zane Reeves
2001 - Dr. Kenneth Baker
2004 - Dr. Bruce Perlman
2006 - Dr. Lee Brown (Interim)
2007 - Dr. Uday Desai
2012– Dr. Amy Wohlert (Acting)
2014 – Dr. Mario Rivera (Interim)
2015 – Dr. Phillip (Felipe) Gonzales


Click on the following links to view Master of Public Administration and Master of Health Administration  and Fall course schedules:

MPA Fall 2015        MHA Fall 2015


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SPA a national leader: NASPAA congratulates SPA for "stand-out practices for diversity."