SPA Leadership

Message From the Director

Why SPA? 


Bruce J. Perlman received his Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate School in 1980. After his initial appointment at the University of Southern California, he joined the University of New Mexico School of Public Administration as an Assistant Professor in 1982. While at UNM he has been a Senior Fulbright Lecturer, Presidential Lecturer, and held the Hatch Chair in Law and Public Policy.  Currently, he is Regents’ Professor and Director of the School of Public Administration and has been twice Director of the School and Associate Director of the Office of International Technical Cooperation. Dr. Perlman is the author of over fifty academic journal articles and publications and two books, one in English and one in Spanish.

In addition to his academic career, while on leave from UNM he has served as the Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Albuquerque and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor of New Mexico. He has held posts and consulted widely on government affairs both in the U.S. and abroad for organizations ranging from the U.S. Congress and Agency for International Development to the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank.  He is the former editor of the State and Local Government Review’s Governance Matters Section and the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Affairs Education.

UNM School of Public Administration Director History

A. Rosenthal

Dr. Albert H. Rosenthal

D. Jones

Dr. David R. Jones

1971 (Acting)
L. Stitleman

Dr. Leonard Stitleman

T. Z. Reeves

Dr. T. Zane Reeves

1981, 1997

F. L. Brown

Dr. F. Lee Brown

1987, 2006 (Interim)
Rob DelCampo

Dr. Bruce Perlman

1993 (Interim), 2004, 2017
A. Preston

Dr. Alistair Preston

K. Baker

Dr. Kenneth Baker


David Hansen

Dr. Uday Desai

A. Wohlert

Dr. Amy Wohlert

2012 (Acting)
M. Rivera

Dr. Mario Rivera

2014 (Interim)
P. Gonzales

Dr. Phillip (Felipe) Gonzales