Student Affairs Vice President Eliseo ‘Cheo’ Torres has selected Amanda Butrum to lead The University of New Mexico’s Accessibility Resource Center as interim director, following the retirement of Joan Green.

Butrum, who became a Lobo in 2005, will step into her new role this week. 

Before she moved to New Mexico, Butrum lived in Southern California where she earned a master’s degree in Social Sciences from California State University San Bernardino. She also has a degree in Sign Language Interpreting, which she credits as the beginning of a career in Disability Services.

Butrum said she’s excited to begin her new role as interim director. She said although this is an interesting time jump into a new position, she plans to continue building and strengthening UNM’s ARC.

“Although we are all concerned and face many challenges during this pandemic, all of us at ARC have been working together to find ways to connect with students and with each other regularly," she said. “Joan Green created a strong foundation for ARC and I hope to build on what she has done—the limited operations period won’t change that.