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College of Nursing

MSC09 5350
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: 1-800-690-0934

Carolyn Montoya to Serve as Interim Dean

May 15, 2017

Carolyn Montoya, PhD, CPNP, has been named to serve as interim dean of the University of New Mexico College of Nursing when Dean Nancy Ridenour steps down this summer.

“We are sad that Dean Ridenour is leaving and wish her well in her next endeavor,” said Paul B. Roth, MD, MS, chancellor for health sciences. “We know the College will be in good hands under Carolyn Montoya’s leadership. Her many years of experience in nursing and nursing education will keep the College on a steady course as it continues to broaden its academic mission.”

Montoya, an associate professor and associate dean of academic affairs at the College, has served in many academic and administrative roles, including chair of the Practice Team, academic coordinator for the Practice Team, and concentration coordinator for the Family Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner programs Nationally, she is a Fellow and past president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, where she advocated for improving the health of children and families. , When she served as president the American College of Nurse Practitioners (now the American Association of Nurse Practitioners [AANP]) she utilized her experience assisting the New Mexico Nurse Practitioner Council to achieve independent practice and full prescriptive authority to advocate for full-scope practice for all states. She is also a Fellow of AANP and the American Academy of Nursing.

Montoya has also conducted research and published significantly, with a focus on pediatric nursing. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at UNM in 1976 and went on to receive a Master of Science in Nursing as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Yale University. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing with a Health Policy concentration at UNM in 2013.