Frank D. Martinez


November 19, 2001

Dr. Peter White, interim dean of University College at the University of New Mexico since August, 2000, has been named dean effective immediately, announced UNM Provost Brian Foster.

"Peter brings a strong commitment, considerable experience and a breadth of knowledge to the position," Foster said. "He also brings a University perspective; for example, he worked in the Provost's Office and he managed the North Central Association Accreditation self-study for the University. Even before becoming interim dean, he was involved in issues that are central to the University College mission, including especially student retention and the freshman experience."

"I look forward to working with the provost and the other deans to fulfill the mission of University College," White said.
Under his deanship, he said, "University College will continue to develop first-year programs, like the Freshman Learning Communities, the Living and Learning Communities, and the Freshman Interest Groups, working cooperatively with the faculty in other colleges, the Division of Student Affairs and all the advisors on campus to help our students make the transition to the research university and succeed in college. Additionally, University College is working with the Extended University, the faculty here on campus and the branch campus directors to enable our students, whether here at the Albuquerque campus or at the branches, to obtain an academically sound, multidisciplinary Bachelor of University Studies Degree."

"University College has two main missions: to provide a supportive and academically enriching experience for first and second year-students and to provide direction and guidance for the five interdisciplinary programs in the College--Honors, Native American Studies, Chicano Studies, the Bachelor of University Studies and the Master's in Water Resources," he added.
White earned his Bachelor's Degree in English from St. Bonaventure University, NY, in 1969; his Master's Degree in English from Bowling Green State University in 1972; and his doctorate in English and American Religious History from Pennsylvania State University in 1976.

White joined the UNM faculty as an assistant professor in 1977. In addition to interim dean of University College, other UNM positions he has held include interim associate provost and dean of Undergraduate Studies, 1999-00; Executive Affairs Officer and Assistant to the President, 1998-99; Special Assistant to the Provost for the North Central Association Accreditation, 1997-98; Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, 1995-97; and, professor of English and American Studies, 1989-present.

In 1980-81, he was a Fulbright Fellow to the University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland; in 1985-86, he served as a Visiting Associate Professor at Pennsylvania State University; and, in 1993, he participated in UNM's Summer Abroad Program at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

He is the author, co-author or co-editor of five books, including "The Lore of New Mexico," "Along the Rio Grande," and "Puritan Poets and Poetics: Seventeenth-Century American Poetry in Theory and Practice." He is also the author or editor of numerous other publications and articles and the recipient of several research grants.

He is the 1989 recipient of the Ralph Emerson Twitchell Award from the New Mexico Historical Society and, at UNM, was named the recipient of a $5,000 Presidential Professor award.

White, who in his spare time makes concert violins, violas and other stringed instruments, is a square dance fiddler with the Virginia Creepers.

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