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New SPA Director Dr. Felipe Gonzales

SPA Welcomes New Director 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 Stitleman
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

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