Sylvia Andrew, executive director of the University of New Mexico-Gallup, announced today that she is leaving her position to return to teaching. UNM President Robert Frank appointed Wynn Goering, special assistant to the president for Branch Affairs, interim director effectively immediately.

"We are grateful for the effort Dr. Andrew has given to the University of New Mexico and to the community of Gallup," President Frank said. "We're going to do everything we can to improve the success of the UNM-Gallup campus and its students."

Andrew held the position of executive director at UNM-Gallup since August 2009. Previously, she served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Antioch University Los Angeles, and dean and professor in the College of Social Work at San Jose State University. 

The UNM-Gallup directorship will be the second such post for Goering, who served as interim executive director of UNM's Taos campus in 2000-2002. He has held a variety of administrative positions at UNM main campus, most recently as vice provost for Academic Affairs from 2007-2012.

"Dr. Goering knows more about UNM's branches and their relationship to the main campus than anyone else at UNM," Frank said. "We're counting on him to ensure the continued well-being of UNM-Gallup."