University of New Mexico Vice Provost Greg Heileman announced three finalists for the University Advisement Director position. The finalists include: Stephanie Hands, Laura Valdez and Clare Daniel.

The candidate visits will include open forums and meetings with the campus community,

The finalists:

Stephanie Hands
Stephanie Hands


Stephanie Hands
Stephanie Hands is the Director of Advising for the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Stephanie is responsible for all advising functions within the college. This includes benchmarking and data collection, staff hiring and training, student transition and completion, structure and policy reform, and communication within the college and with other stakeholders in the academic community.

Campus Interview Date - Friday, June 16, 2017

Open forum: Friday, June 16, 3:30-5 p.m., Scholes Hall, Roberts Room

- Full Bio
- Full Resume

Laura Valdez
Laura Valdez


Laura Valdez
Laura Valdez has worked with students in all phases of the higher education experience, from her experience with a TRIO program that focuses on college access for first generation, low socioeconomic students to her current work as the University College Advising Center Director. Originally from Coyote, New Mexico, she was a first generation college student and credits her success to two College Enrichment Program counselors who provided mentorship and guidance during her first year at the University of New Mexico. She has made it her life’s work to pay that forward. Laura is impassioned by helping students achieve their academic goals; she believes getting a college degree is a transformative experience for both first generation students and their families.

Campus Interview Date - Monday, June 19, 2017

Open forum: Monday, June 19, 3:30-5 p.m., Scholes Hall, Roberts Room

- Full Bio
- Full Resume

Clare Daniel
Clare Daniel


Clare Daniel
Clare Daniel is Assistant Director of Exploratory Advising at Tulane University where she designs and coordinates the University’s approach to assisting undecided students. In this capacity, she has created and led a taskforce of diverse stakeholders in researching and collecting data on the undecided population at Tulane; creating and disseminating a unified philosophy of exploratory advising; and training academic advisors, student-athlete advisors, success coaches, and career coaches on best practices for working with undecided students. She also teaches a career development course for the Academic Advising Center and a research seminar in Tulane’s Honors Program. She views advising as a key vehicle for accomplishing university goals related to student development, retention rates, and improving experiences and opportunities for historically disadvantaged populations.

Campus Interview Date - Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Open forum: Wednesday, June 21, 10-11 a.m., Scholes Hall, Roberts Room

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- Full Resume