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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.


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Students & Alums

  • Lori White (MHA '18) is the new Director of Practice Operations, Surgery and Supportive Care Services at Presbyterian's Cancer Care Program
  • Nikki Wiesner (MPA '14) is the Rural Health /Telehealth Coordinator for Reno, NV area
  • Mickayla Karikari (MHA '18) is a Quality Assurance Technologist at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD
  • Paul Moretto (MCRP/MPA '14) is the new senior planner at City of Victoria, MN
  • Jason Flores, DDS, BSN-RN (MHA '18) is the new Chief of UNM Dept. of Dental Medicine
  • Antonio Pedroncelli (MPA '14) is the Operation Director/CIO at Western Sky Community Care for NM
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