Contact: Laurie Mellas-Ramirez, 277-5915

May 25, 2001


Christopher Mead has been appointed University of New Mexico interim dean for the College of Fine Arts, effective July 1, 2001, said Brian L. Foster, UNM provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. Current Dean Tom Dodson retires June 30.

Mead has served as full professor in the UNM Department of Art and Art History since 1996 and worked in the department in various positions since 1980. He was associate chair, 1988-90; chair, 1992-95; and also lecturer, 1980-86; assistant professor, 1986-89; and associate professor with tenure, 1989-1996.

He simultaneously taught in the UNM School of Architecture and Planning and was granted a joint appointment at rank in 1995.

He is serving consecutive terms as president of the Society of Architectural Historians, 2000-02; and has served as an officer since 1992. Appointed by the governor to the Cultural Properties Review Committee, he recently completed a four-year term.
Mead earned his bachelor's degree from the University of California Riverside in 1975. From the University of Pennsylvania, he earned both his master's degree, 1978; and Ph.D., 1986.

He has written and published widely about architecture, including the architecture of New Mexico.

Mead is the recipient of numerous honors and awards and was recently named an honorary member of the freshmen honor society, Phi Eta Sigma, for his contributions to undergraduate teaching.

"Chris has many scholarly and administrative achievements. We are excited that he will advance to this central leadership role at UNM," Foster said.

The College of Fine Arts encompasses the Department of Art and Art History, Music, Theatre and Dance, Media Arts, Bainbridge Bunting Memorial Slide Library, Tamarind Institute, Arts of Americas Institute and Arts Technology Center.
Founded in 1936, the college has a rich history of quality educational programs that aspire to broaden understanding of the cultural heritage of New Mexico, the Americas and the world.


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