The University of New Mexico’s Institutional Support Services (ISS) announces Lisa Marbury as the assistant vice president of Campus Environments & Facilities and Melanie Sparks as assistant vice president of Campus Business Services. Together, Marbury and Sparks will provide strategic oversight for the 15 divisions responsible for providing much of the infrastructure that UNM relies on to operate – housing and dining, transportation system and parking services, bookstores and ID cards, golf courses and Popejoy, campus environments and facilities, real estate and development, university capital planning and more. 

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With the recent retirement of Associate Vice President Chris Vallejos, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, Teresa Costantinidis, reallocated existing resources within ISS to restructure the unit by selecting Sparks and Marbury to serve in these positions.

“I am confident that this realignment to create one unit devoted to campus facilities and the environment, and a second focused on business services will make the overall organization more efficient and will result in service improvements to the campus community,” said Costantinidis. “The entire Institutional Support Services team is devoted to high-quality service to the University of New Mexico.”  

As a longtime UNM employee, Marbury previously held the position of Executive Director in ISS, overseeing directional outcomes and performance tracking for several of UNM departments related to capital planning, construction and space allocation, with limited facilities management oversight. With this reorganization, Marbury will now lead and provide oversight of Campus Environments & Facilities divisions which include, Facilities Management; Planning, Design & Construction; Real Estate Department; Parking & Transportation Services; and Capital & Space Strategies. 

“Throughout my UNM career, I have had the pleasure of working with all of the departments in ISS at one time or another and am pleased again to be taking on direct oversight of the Facilities Management and Real Estate teams going forward,” said Marbury. “There are so many exciting initiatives from a ‘campus environments’ standpoint, and we have great teams in place to see them to fruition. I am grateful to Chris Vallejos, former associate vice president of ISS, for his many years of support and to Teresa Costantinidis, senior vice president for Finance and Administration, for her trust in me to take the reins providing oversight to these areas.”

Sparks, also a long time UNM employee, previously held the position of executive director in ISS, providing executive leadership to several auxiliary business units that supply the ‘essential services’ that UNM offers to students to fulfill their needs on campus, like student housing, campus dining, course materials and more. Sparks will now provide leadership and direction for Campus Business Service departments including New Mexico PBS, Residence Life & Student Housing, UNM Bookstores, Popejoy Hall/Public Events, UNM Ticketing Services, UNM Food and the LoboCard Office.

“I am thankful that my new role allows me to continue to lead and provide oversight for teams that are integral to the campus for all constituencies; campus guests, faculty, staff and students,” said Sparks. “All of the units within the new ‘Campus Business Services’ division are customer-centric and provide necessary and meaningful services that help make UNM a vibrant place to come – so our community can fully experience all we have to offer. Including NMPBS is a welcome addition that fits well with the campus business entities.  I look forward to supporting NMPBS and working with Franz, general manager and CEO of NMPBS, and his team to help accomplish their mission and goals.”

UNM Institutional Support Services, an administrative branch of UNM that reports to the Office of the Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration, is comprised of 15 departments with over 650 full-time staff and an annual operating budget of approximately $130 million. Since 2014, ISS auxiliary units have contributed over $10.5 million to UNM’s operating budget to support the academic mission.