Andrew Cullen, associate vice president of Planning, Budget and Analysis, has announced his retirement from The University of New Mexico more than 27 years of service. 

In his time at UNM, Cullen has applied his experience and ability to collaborate across the institution in order to weather some of the toughest budget challenges in the history of the University. 

“Andrew Cullen represents the best of what makes UNM a flagship institution: developing solutions that are centered on commitment to our students,” said David Harris, UNM Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, COO & CFO. “I appreciate everything Andrew has done to position UNM’s Budget Office for the future.” 

Cullen began his career at UNM as temp accounting technician, followed by accounting and finance positions in the Controller’s Office, School of Engineering, and the Office of the University Architect. He obtained his master’s degree while working full-time, and stated his gratitude to UNM for allowing him the opportunity to further his education. “UNM allowed me to acquire the necessary skills to advance professionally, while also finding a great work-life balance between a demanding job and raising my family.” 

Cullen was selected to oversee the Budget Office in 2008, at a time when the world economy was at a critically low point, and has faced state and institutional budget challenges ever since. Cullen says he is proud of “being a part of the leadership team that absorbed budget reductions while attempting to minimize adverse impact on the academic mission of the University.” 

Cullen and his family will be moving to Denver, Colo., where he has accepted a position with the University of Denver as the associate vice chancellor of Finance/Controller/Assistant Treasurer. 

“I am looking forward to beginning a new career after nearly three decades at UNM,” said Cullen. “UNM has allowed me to do meaningful work and has also been a central part of my family’s lives.” He describes his time at UNM having given him “the work experiences and problem solving skills that are valued at this new position.”  

Cullen will officially end his duties at UNM on Oct. 31, 2016.