University of New Mexico Provost James Paul Holloway announced today that Regina Carlow, interim dean of the UNM College of Fine Arts, will be leaving this spring to accept a similar position at Towson University in Maryland. He expects a new dean to be named to fill the position by the time she leaves in May.

“It is with both pride and sadness I announce that Regina Carlow, professor of Music Education and Choral Music and interim dean of the UNM College of Fine Arts, has accepted the position of dean for the College of Fine Arts & Communication at Towson University. Over my six months as provost I have had the opportunity to work with Professor Carlow in her role as interim dean, and I know that Towson University has secured a great leader,” Holloway said. 

“While I'm sad to leave my dear friends and colleagues at UNM, I'm confident that the College of Fine Arts is ready to take on the next decade with great vision and artistry,” Carlow said. “I've been truly blessed to be a part of a college that so well represents the performing and fine arts in New Mexico. In my year as interim dean, I've been able to immerse myself in so many absolutely stunning student and faculty performances and shows.

"Some of my most profound joys on campus have been centered around watching young children and their families from the UNM Music Prep School find lives filled with art, drama, and music because of their experiences at UNM."

Carlow is also a professor of Music Education and the artistic/founding director of the UNM Children’s Choruses. She has served as an associate dean for student affairs and associate chair of the department of music at UNM as part of 15 years of higher education arts leadership, curriculum and instruction.

“Professor Carlow has been instrumental in creating a unified vision for several proposed capital projects for the College of Fine Arts, as well as encouraging new post baccalaureate programs that can serve as models for higher education as students seek further education to develop their talents and differentiate themselves,” Holloway added.

Holloway noted that the search for a new dean for the College of Fine Arts is already under way and he hopes to announce a new dean before Carlow leaves on May 31.

In its announcement, Towson University said, “Dr. Carlow will serve as the Dean of College of Fine Arts and Communication. She will oversee programs that are collectively recognized as a thriving arts center for Maryland. The College of Fine Arts and Communication features offerings in art, dance, electronic media and film, mass communication, communication studies, music and theatre arts.”

“I’ve been privileged to work with Dean Carlow and know that all of us at UNM wish her the best in this new role, even as we regret the loss of a fantastic colleague, teacher, and creator,” Holloway concluded.