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February 24, 2010

Provost Announces Finalists for Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning

University of New Mexico Provost Suzanne Ortega today released the names of four finalists for the position of dean at the UNM School of Architecture and Planning. They include Paul H. Gleye, Geraldine Forbes Isais, Keith Diaz Moore and Katherine Lee Schwennsen. Open forums for faculty, staff and the UNM community will be scheduled prior to each candidate's visit.

Paul H. Gleye

Gleye is a professor in the Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at North Dakota State where he also served as chair from 1998-2008. He led a professional program with 22 faculty, more than 600 students and an operating budget of $600,000 annually. Gleye also developed the Master of Architecture program at the school and led a successful strategic planning process in 2000, revised in 2008, that resulted in “Vision 2014” development plan. He also oversaw four accreditation visits resulting in the highest level of national accreditation for the architecture and landscape architecture programs at North Dakota State.
Gleye received his Ph.D. in Urban Planning from UCLA in 1983, an M.A. in International Relations from the Boston University Overseas Program (1967) and his bachelor’s from the University of Wyoming in French and German (1965).

Geraldine Forbes Isais

Forbes Isais is professor and director of the Architecture Program at the University of New Mexico, positions she’s held since 2005. She is responsible for more than 280 graduate and undergraduate students, 15 full-time, 18 part-time faculty and an annual budget of $1.2 million. She is currently implementing the Program’s recently approved curriculum capitalizing on a director initiated, but faculty driven revision to the Program’s mission and strategic plan.
Forbes Isais earned her Master of Architecture in 1986 from California Polytechnic University (Pomona, Calif.). She also pursued graduate studies in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnomusicology from 1976-78 at California State University, Fullerton. Forbes Isais received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, also from California State University, Fullerton.

Keith Diaz Moore

Diaz Moore is currently an associate professor and chair in the Design and Planning at the School of Architecture at the University of Kansas, and is associate faculty of the Gerontology Center. In his role as chair, Diaz Moore has facilitated his department in transitioning from a Bachelor of Architecture to Master of Architecture professional degree, creating a Ph.D in the Architecture program, and enhancing interdisciplinary collaboration between Design, Architecture and Engineering. He has also increased faculty grantsmanship and graduate enrollment. Diaz Moore received his Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2000 and earned his Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (1992) and his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign (1988).

Katherine (Kate) Lee Schwennsen

Schwennsen is currently the coordinator for the Design Studies Program and associate dean for Academic Programs, both in the College of Design, and also professor in the Department of Architecture at Iowa State University. She has spent much of academic life at Iowa State University and has held a variety of positions at the school since 1978 including research assistant, coordinator of Professional Development, assistant professor, associate chair for Research and Extension and Academic Affairs, both in the Department of Architecture, and also the position of associate professor. Schwennsen also earned both her Master of Architecture in 1980 and a B.A. in Architecture (1978), from Iowa State.


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