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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.
Fall 2013 New Student Orientation (Mandatory):
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Zimmerman Library B30
9:30a to 2:30p
Check-in will be held in the courtyard on the north side of Zimmerman Library from 9:30a to 10:00a.
Congratulations to SPA professor, Dr. Stephanie Smith, who has been awarded a 2013 American Indian Student Services S.T.A.R.S. (Special Thank-you And Recognition from Students) Award. The award recognizes UNM Faculty, Staff, and Tribal higher education student support providers who have positively influenced a student's university experience though mentoring, teaching/instruction, advisement, advocacy, research, student support, leadership, and/or scholarship. Dr. Smith was nominated to receive this award by SPA student, James Montoya.
"I hope every student has a professor like Stephanie Smith, that can get the most out of you and challenge you to do better. Thank you, Professor Smith." - James Montoya