After serving as a leader of UNM-Gallup since 2017, James Malm has announced he will step aside as chancellor to return to teaching students, a lifework he loves. The transition will be effective as of June 30.

"For the past five years, I’ve had the wonderful honor of serving UNM-Gallup while working alongside our faculty, staff, students, and local community to fulfill our mission," Malm said. "This campus is such an important resource for our students who entrust us with their academic and professional goals, and I am so glad to have the opportunity to soon step back into the faculty at this institution to further contribute to UNM-Gallup."

Malm earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Public Administration from Penn State and a Doctor of Management from the University of Maryland.

He came to UNM-Gallup from Mohave Community College in Kingman, Ariz. In addition, Malm has more than 30 years of higher education instruction and administrative leadership experience from Penn State Harrisburg, Baltimore County Community College, Colorado State University Pueblo and Laramie County Community College Albany County.

"Dr. Malm has done much to secure the foundation of UNM Gallup and to move the campus and its programs forward, and I am grateful for his service to our students.  It has been a pleasure to work with James since my arrival at UNM in 2019," said James Paul Holloway, provost & executive vice president for Academic Affairs.

Effective July 1, Professor Sabrina Ezzell, currently chair of Education, Health and Human Services at UNM Gallup, will take on the role of interim chancellor. 

Malm will serve as special advisor during the month of July, assisting the interim chancellor. He plans to return to the classroom next year.