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 for academic affairs in the College, has served in many academic and administrative roles including interim chair of the practice team, academic coordinator for the practice team, director of the family nurse practitioner program and concentration coordinator of the family nurse practitioner program.
Nationally, she is a Fellow and past president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and a past president the American College of Nurse Practitioners.
Montoya has also conducted research and published extensively with a focus on pediatric nursing. She received her BSN at UNM in 1976 and went on to receive an MSN as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Yale University. She completed her PhD in nursing with a health policy concentration at UNM in 2013.