University of New Mexico Provost Chaouki Abdallah announced the appointment of Dean Emeritus and Professor Joseph Cecchi as Interim Dean of the School of Engineering effective immediately. 

“I am pleased to announce Dr. Joseph Cecchi as interim dean of the School of Engineering. His previous service as dean as well as his distinguished record in a variety of leadership roles makes him uniquely qualified to take on this position while we conduct a national search for a permanent dean. I am confident that he will do an excellent job,” said Abdallah.

Cecchi, a professor of chemical and nuclear engineering, served as dean of the School of Engineering from 2000-2009, and currently serves as senior advisor to the provost for national laboratory relations.

Questions and/or comments should be directed to Carol Parker, sr. vice provost for Academic Affairs,