Long-time Lobo Shelley Simms is retiring after 20 years of service at The University of New Mexico.

After retiring, Simms plans to apply to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at San Juan College. Simms recently served as the administrative support supervisor within the Dean of Students office. She also worked in Continuing Education, the Jonson Gallery, the Maxwell Museum and the Women’s Resource Center.

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“I enjoyed working in each department for different reasons,” Simms said. “If I had to pick a favorite, I would say Jonson Gallery and Women's Resource Center because I was able to do everything from installing shows to helping to provide a safe and welcoming space for students to study.”

Simms said she has always enjoyed working with students and seeing them blossom during their educational journeys. 

“Perhaps the most endearing thing about Shelley is her care for others, especially the students she has supervised over the years,” said Greg Golden, Dean of Students strategic support manager for the UNM. “Those feelings are reciprocated ten-fold from the students she’s worked with.”

While Lobos having Simms on campus, they’re excited to see what great things she’ll accomplish in the future. 

“We are excited for her to continue to pursue her passions, making time for arts and her new-found interests in the Occupational Therapy profession,” Golden said.  “We are forever appreciative of her contributions to UNM.”