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The Dean of Students

nashaNasha Torrez is the Dean of Students for the University of New Mexico. She was previously an attorney for the University specializing in student issues such as grievances, academic appeals, due process, freedom of expression, student confidentiality, behavioral intervention, and disability rights. She also works in Cleary compliance and Title IX. She has an expertise in conflict resolution, mediation, employment and labor law. A native of Northern New Mexico, Torrez enrolled at the University of New Mexico in 1996 and during her undergraduate career she was active in student organizations and served as an ASUNM Senator. She earned her Bachelor’s of Business Administration, specializing in Human Resource Management, from the Anderson School of Management in 2000. Upon graduation she relocated to southern California and spent the next three years as an advocate for students with disabilities at Protection and Advocacy, Inc., a national non-profit agency that provides legal assistance to people with disabilities, including physical, developmental and psychiatric disabilities. Torrez was instrumental in outreach to Spanish speaking, Native American and rural communities, as they fought for full integration and inclusion as well as individually tailored mental health and support services.

In 2003, Torrez returned to New Mexico to pursue her law degree and obtained her J.D. from the University of New Mexico, School of Law in 2006. Upon graduation, she accepted a position as a litigation associate in the employment law section of the Rodey Law Firm. Thereafter, she was recruited to serve as an Assistant General Counsel to Governor Bill Richardson where she took a role in intergovernmental management, legal compliance and policy. In 2008, Governor Richardson appointed Torrez to serve as the General Counsel of Expo New Mexico, a multi-million dollar enterprise agency and year round entertainment complex. At the time of her appointment, Torrez was the youngest general counsel in the State of New Mexico. She left government service in 2009 and worked in private practice representing school districts across the state before joining the UNM’s University Counsel’s Office in 2013. She currently lives in Albuquerque with her husband and their two children.

Open office hours for students only

The Dean's office hours for Summer 2017 will begin Thursday, June 8th.

Thursdays 10 am - 11 am & by Appointment.

Please schedule by email or phone (505-277-3361). 


Dine with the Dean

Find Dean Nasha Torrez  La Posada & SUB for lunch. Days and times coming soon!

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