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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — James Miyashiro, chief of the Riverside Community College District Police Department in Riverside, Calif., will become the University of New Mexico’s chief of police on June 30. He has experience in developing training programs, policies and procedures, and in analyzing security and safety issues.

“I am excited to come to a great university,” he said. “I like the rich history and diversity of the area.”

The new chief holds an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Golden West College and a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Phoenix. He replaces Kathy Guimond, who is retiring after 18 years as chief.

Several new academic VIPs are assuming positions of authority at the University of New Mexico.

Recently filled positions include deans of the College of Education and the College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences. Provost Chaouki Abdallah has also appointed two interim deans, at the Anderson School of Management and the School of Public Administration.

The College of Education’s incoming dean is Salvador Hector Ochoa. He begins his new job July 14. Ochoa is a professor and dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas Pan American.

“The more I discussed our institutional goals and challenges with him, the more confident I became that he is the right person at the right time to lead our college as we redouble our efforts to become a national leader in education and research,” Abdallah said in a written statement.

Ochoa earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Edward’s University, a master of education in guidance and counseling from Pan American University, and a doctorate in school psychology from Texas A&M University. Doug Palmer, dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M, described him as a “passionate advocate for quality education for all, and one of the most ethical, conscientious higher education leaders I have known.” Palmer said UNM is “indeed fortunate.”

On July 1, Richard Clement becomes dean of the College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences. Since 2008, he has been dean of libraries and adjunct professor at Utah State University. Abdallah called him “a prolific scholar.”

At USU, he transformed library services to provide digital content to six campuses and centers statewide while preserving materials that constitute the area’s collective cultural heritage. Before moving to Utah, Clement was in charge of the Department of Special Collections at the University of Kansas.

He has written two books on the history of publishing: “The Book in America” (1996) and “Books on the Frontier: Print Culture in the American West, 1763-1875” (2003).

Meanwhile, on July 1, Craig White will become interim dean of the Anderson School of Management. Abdallah conferred with the school’s faculty and staff before settling on White.

“Dr. White has garnered the support of his colleagues and staff, and he has a record of service and leadership at UNM which will allow him to provide excellent stewardship in (former Dean) Doug Brown’s stead, ” Abdallah said.

White joined UNM’s Anderson School of Management in 1998 as an assistant professor. He is currently the Moss Adams professor of accounting and chair of the Department of Accounting.

Abdallah also named Professor Mario Rivera interim director of the School of Public Administration, effective immediately. Like White, Rivera received the “overwhelming support of the faculty and staff,” Abdallah said.

Rivera joined the School of Public Administration as associate professor in 1993, was promoted to full professor in 2001, and awarded a Regents’ Professorship in 2002.

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