President Robert G. Frank today announced the appointment of Dr. Amy Wohlert as his new chief of staff. An internal search was conducted among UNM faculty in late-February.  

“I am delighted that Amy will be joining our office,” President Frank said. “She brings an exceptional level of expertise, institutional knowledge and personal credibility to this position. Amy will be a great asset to my leadership team and be critical to furthering our vision.”

Wohlert holds a Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University. She also holds a Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, a Master’s in Business Administration, and a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders, all from the University New Mexico.

Over a 25-year career, Wohlert has served 15 of those in administrative positions in multiple capacities at the University of New Mexico. For the past year she has served as the interim director of the School for Public Administration. Prior to that appointment she served as: dean of Graduate Studies; interim dean at the Anderson School of Management; vice provost and dean of Graduate Studies; associate provost for Academic Affairs (Curriculum and Instruction); and chair of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences.

She has also served on a number of institutional committees and task forces, including those related to global education, public policy, formula funding, distance education, graduate enrollment, and accessibility.

In her new role, Wohlert will represent the Office of President to senior university leadership and campus constituents, and work with people within and outside the university toward fulfilling the UNM 2020 goals. She will assist and advise the president in a number of operational capacities, and will be responsible for overseeing and managing the functions of the office.

“This is an exciting time to join the President’s Office,” Wohlert said. “UNM is making so much progress in areas such as student success, public health, global education and economic development. It is an honor and a pleasure to serve UNM in this capacity.”

Provost Chaouki Abdallah will be consulting with School of Public Administration faculty and will work with Wohlert to ensure an orderly transition for the School’s leadership.