The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is proud to announce that Ana Andzic Tomlinson, J.D., has accepted the interim executive director position for Research Compliance on Main Campus after a competitive search.

Carlos Romero, who led this program for three years, recently accepted the position of associate vice president for Research & Economic Development at New Mexico Tech.

Tomlinson, who began her new role July 18, is responsible for directing and overseeing the management of the Office of Research Compliance on Main Campus. In addition, she will serve as the senior staff administrator and liaison for issues pertaining to research compliance activities and functions.

Tomlinson elaborated: "Technology is the driver of societal progress and UNM researchers fuel the economic engine of New Mexico and beyond. I learned this first-hand as Associate University Counsel advising UNM Vice Presidents for Research on Main Campus and at the Health Sciences Center, as an attorney representing public investment funds, and, most recently, as the Consultant to the Vice President for Research on Main Campus.  I am truly excited about the opportunity to contribute to UNM’s research mission in my new role and I look forward to working with faculty, staff, students, and the community at large on ensuring the safe and responsible conduct of research."

“I am delighted that Ana has agreed to be our interim Executive Director,” said UNM Vice President for Research Gabriel López. “Her expertise and wealth of experience make her an ideal choice to lead our research compliance program through this period of transition.”

The Office of Research Compliance is dedicated to the advancement of a culture of ethics, integrity and compliance with applicable laws, regulations and policies which govern institutions of higher education through awareness programs, monitoring and responding to non-compliance. The Office’s commitment to compliance includes the development of general and specific training, policies and appropriate oversight and monitoring to assist the  UNM community in the conduct of research activities based upon the highest standards of integrity and excellence through teamwork and professionalism.

The OVPR intends to continue to evaluate the executive director position over the course of the Fall 2016 semester and will announce plans for the permanent position later this year.