Provost Chaouki Abdallah has announced the appointment of Salvador Hector Ochoa as the dean of the College of Education at the University of New Mexico. Ochoa is currently a professor and dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas Pan American (UTPA). Ochoa will begin his new position on July 14, 2014.
“Dr. Ochoa brings to the position a proven record of leadership and a passion for educating future educational leaders,” Abdallah said. “The more I discussed our institutional goals and challenges with him, the more confident I became that he is the right person at the right time to lead our College as we redouble our efforts to become a national leader in education and research.”
"I am very pleased and excited about joining the UNM academic community," Dr. Ochoa said. "The College of Education has a special responsibility to the State of New Mexico. We will act on this responsibility."
Ochoa earned a bachelor’s in psychology from St. Edward’s University, a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Pan American University, and a doctorate in school psychology from Texas A&M University. Ochoa’s research focuses on bilingual psycho-educational assessment and educational programming issues pertaining to Hispanic students. He has conducted workshops on assessment and educational factors associated with culturally and linguistically diverse students. In addition, he served on a U.S. Department of Education Expert Advisory Panel for the Study of English language learners with special needs.
“As a faculty member and administrator at Texas A&M University, I have known Dr. Ochoa for over 25 years,” said Doug Palmer, dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University. “Hector is a very committed, passionate advocate for quality education for all, and one of the most ethical, conscientious higher education leaders I have known. The University of New Mexico is indeed fortunate to have attracted Dr. Ochoa. He is a nationally recognized leader in the education of Hispanic students and I am confident he will provide valued leadership at the University of New Mexico to enhance the national impact of UNM programs and will work collaboratively with educators across the state to promote educational achievement for K-12 students in New Mexico.”
Former President of the University of Texas Pan American, Dr. Blandina Cardenas Flores, said, “Hector Ochoa is smart, strategic and passionate about improving educational outcomes for all children, particularly those currently underserved. At UTPA he took over a College of Education marked by dysfunction and division and quickly moved to engage the faculty in quality processes and accountability. He will serve New Mexico and its children well.”
Dr. Dahlia Guerra, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas-Pan American stated, “I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Hector Ochoa for the past seven years. He is a visionary, compassionate and dedicated servant-leader who will truly be an asset and an outstanding dean at UNM. He has been a transformative leader at UT Pan American, and I am very confident that there are many new and positive things coming New Mexico’s way as a result of his new deanship.”