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Shaping the Public Leaders of Tomorrow
Posted: September 2021


The University of New Mexico School of Public Administration (SPA) is launching into the Fall 2021 semester with a new director, who is laser focused on broadening the appeal and impact of the already nationally recognized programs.....

Edwardson Elected as Division Program Chair-Elect
Posted: June 2021


SPA Associate Professor Nicholas Edwardson was recently elected to serve a five-year term as the Division Program Chair-Elect for the Health Care Management Division of the Academy of Management (AOM).....


SPA Assistant Professor Receives 2021 SPALR Dissertation Award
Posted: April 2021


Dr. Iseul Choi is the recipient of the American Society for Public Administration’s (ASPA) 2021 Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations (SPALR) Dissertation Award, which was presented during the SPALR business meeting at the 2021 ASPA Annual Conference this April.....


UNM Programs Ranked Among Best Graduate Schools in the Country
Posted: March 2021


UNM was listed as having several top 100 programs in the nation including public administration, public health, nursing school, medical school, engineering school, and various social science programs. UNM School of Public Administration moved up in rank and has tied for #95 for the 2021-22 Best Public Affairs Graduate Schools across the country by the US News & World Report.....

School of Public Administration Receives Top Accreditation Marks
Posted: October 2020


The University of New Mexico School of Public Administration (SPA) is adding another accolade to its long list of accomplishments. The School was recently re-accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) for a full six years without monitoring....

Can Michelle Lujan Grisham Save New Mexico?
Posted: April 2020


Among governors in the Interior West, Lujan Grisham has been among the most aggressive at curbing the outbreak...Both Director Perlman and MPA Alum James Jimenez served alongside Lujan Grisham in the Richardson administration, and they expect the current governor to adhere to the advice of public health experts...


UNM Alumnus Shares Secrets of Success
Posted: February 2020


Always be open to change, seek out little-known opportunities and never stop growing your network ­– those are just a few of the nuggets of wisdom from recent UNM School of Public Administration graduate David Vazquez. His strategy seems to be working too – he was recently selected from a national pool for not one but two prestigious federal fellowship programs...


Takeaways from 1st Day of House Public Impeachment Hearings
Posted: November 2019


Serving as a faculty expert, SPA Director Bruce J. Perlman provides insights on the first day of public impeachment hearings at Congress...


School of Public Administration Hosts NM Governor
Posted: November 2019


The UNM School of Public Administration was proud to host and hear from NM Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham as the keynote speaker and honoree for the 17th Annual Arthur A. Blumenfeld Lecture and Dinner on November 12, 2019...

UNM SPA Students Represent on Global Stage
Posted: March 2019


Students from the UNM School of Public Administration (SPA) brought their solutions to the 2019 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition. SPA students Justin O’Shea, Cheyenne Trujillo, Kyle Biederwolf, Naomi Stulberg and Zlata Nourie joined 600 other students from 147 universities in 27 countries for the competition...

SPA Assistant Professor and Colleagues Awarded Best ACHE Article
Posted: February 2019

Dr. Nick Edwardson 2019 Award

SPA Assistant Professor, Dr. Nicholas Edwardson, is one of three-colleague recipients of the 2019 Edgar C. Hayhow Award for their article, “Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Performance: Do Organizational and Market Characteristics Matter?” published in the Journal of Healthcare Management last January/February 2018 issue...

UNM School of Public Administration Celebrates 50 Years
Posted: February 2019

2018 Blumenfeld

The UNM School of Public Administration (SPA) is reaching a milestone five decades in the making. On Feb. 11, the SPA will celebrate 50 years of educating students for leadership and administrative roles in government, nonprofit and interdisciplinary organizations...

Speaker Series: Government Transparency on State and Federal Levels
Posted: February 2017

Speaker Series Two

Attend in-person or online! Experienced compliance officers John Rodriguez (UNM) and Tim Korte, along with UNM Regents' Professor Bruce Perlman and local TV reporter Chris Ramirez will discuss the value of state and federal sunshine laws (IPRA in New Mexico and FOIA at the federal level) for transparency, accountability and democratic process, as well as their legal and administrative implications...

Interdisciplinary Research Team Brings $1.2 Million NSF Study to UNM
Posted: December 2016

Dr. Rivera

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that Regents' Professor Mario Rivera (UNM School of Public Administration) and Postdoctoral student Dr. Rebecca Beals (UNM Institute for Social Research) are the lead evaluator and co-evaluator respectively for an external assessment...