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Three remain for UNM alumni post

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Three finalists, including the executive director of public relations at Albuquerque Public Schools, have emerged for the position of alumni coordinator at the University of New Mexico after a $60,000 search by a consulting firm from Florida.

Dana Allen

ALLEN: Alumni official at Old Dominion University in Virginia

The position reports to the university president and had been held by Karen Abraham for the past 30 years before her retirement in July. Her salary was $128,691.

The university announced Monday that public interviews have been scheduled for each of the finalists, selected from among 34 applicants in a search conducted by Greenwood/Asher & Associates.

According to the finalists’ biographies posted on the school’s website:

• Dana Allen is the assistant vice president for alumni relations and the executive director of the Alumni Association at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. She’s been in alumni relations for 17 years. In her current post, she oversees an alumni association of 130,000 members.

Monica Armenta

ARMENTA: Public relations director at APS and former TV journalist

• Monica Armenta has been the executive director of public relations at Albuquerque Public Schools since 2005. Before that she spent 23 years in broadcast television news in Albuquerque. She and her oldest son are UNM graduates and she has a son at UNM.

• Lynn Trojahn, an Albuquerque native, is the vice president of advancement for Accion in the Southwest region. She has been in the fundraising field for 31 years. She worked as director of development for the UNM General Library system and then in fundraising at the Bosque School before joining Accion.

All three candidates serve on numerous community boards.

A search committee of UNM employees, alumni and students selected the finalists from the pool.

Lynn Trojahn

TROJAHN: Been in fundraising field for 31 years

Each interview will be an open forum for about an hour “where members of the UNM community will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback to the search committee,” according to the university.

Armenta’s forum is scheduled for Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the SUB.

Trojahn’s forum is Thursday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the SUB.

Allen’s interview schedule is still being determined.

“This is a vital position for the entire university community, and Dr. Karen Abraham’s retirement leaves us with an exceptionally strong foundation for the future,” Amy Wohlert, UNM President’s Office chief of staff, said in a statement.

Abraham also had served as executive director of the Alumni Association, a position the new hire will also fill.

For the record: this story has been updated to reflect the correct gender of Monica Armenta’s oldest child. 

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