The UNM Anderson School of Management’s Executive & Professional Education Center (EPEC) recently launched a new degree program aimed at developing strong educational leaders in the state of New Mexico.

The UNM program, known as the MBA in Education Leadership (MBA-ED), was developed in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. This interdisciplinary program leverages resources from both the Anderson School of Management and the College of Education to equip students with best practices in management and education.

The MBA in Education Leadership focuses on developing organizational management skills within an education framework. “EPEC’s mission is to develop, educate, and empower leaders,” said Anderson School Director of the Management Development Center Audrey Arnold. “New Mexico is full of passionate, dedicated educators who want to make a difference in their communities, their schools, and their students’ lives. Our job is to find these individuals and help them build the leadership skills that create positive change.”

The program spans two years. Students progress as a cohort and work in teams to solve problems and learn from one another. Assignments are designed to teach students to apply organizational best practices in an educational setting. Topics include: leadership, budget development, strategic planning, marketing, data analysis, ethical decision-making, and more.

Candidates who apply for the program are also considered for the Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership.  If selected, the fellowship pays for all of the student’s educational expenses with funding from the New Mexico Public Education Department and the Daniels Fund. After graduating, fellows commit to working in a leadership position in a New Mexico school district for three years. During this time, students are offered executive coaching through the Executive and Professional Education Center.

“The research is clear on the impact excellent teaching has on student achievement,” said Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. "Excellent teachers need exemplary educators leading their schools and districts. The Woodrow Wilson Foundation is honored to have the University of New Mexico as part of its MBA Fellowship network. We welcome UNM's inaugural cohort and are confident it will help set a new standard for principal and superintendent education in the state and across the nation.”

The inaugural cohort began the program in September of 2015, and contains 14 fellows from five New Mexico School Districts.

•   Leigh Arnett – Activities Director, La Cueva High School

•   Jenna Bludworth – Special Education & Language Arts Teacher, Laguna Middle School

•   Janet Delgado – Culinary Arts Teacher, Rio Grande High School

•   Scott Elder – Principal, Sandia High School

•   Anpao Duta Flying Earth – Head of School, Native American Community Academy

•   James Field – Special Education Teacher, ACE Leadership High School

•   Catherine Jaramillo – Head Special Education Teacher, Kennedy Middle School

•   Karen Marler – Instructional Manager, APS Department of Special Education

•   Andrea Ochoa – Dual Language Elementary School Teacher, Rudolfo Anaya Elementary School

•   Thomas Piper – Mathematics Teacher & Data Manager, Rio Grande High School

•   Santiago Sanchez – Dual Language Elementary School Teacher, Sweeney Elementary School

•   Kimball Sekaquaptewa – Media and Communication Specialist, Santa Fe Indian School District

•   Clair Toledo – Mathematics Department Head, College and Career High School

•   Melissa Wauneka – Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Native American Community  Academy

In June of 2015, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and New Mexico Public Education Department officially announced New Mexico would join Indiana and Wisconsin in offering the Woodrow Wilson Foundation's MBA in Education Leadership program. The New Mexico program includes UNM and New Mexico State University.

For more information about the program, email Krista Savoca or contact her at 505.277.2067.