Sullivan Retires after 25 Years of Service

January 22, 2021 - Sarah Scott

SullivanA life-long Resident Lobo, Director Wayne Sullivan, is saying goodbye after 29 years at UNM Residence Life & Student Housing. 

Sullivan first came to the University of New Mexico in 1981 as an undergraduate Freshman. From 1981 to 1991 he lived in on-campus housing and worked for UNM’s Student Employment Experiences, during which time he earned his BS in Education and his MBA in Human Resources Management from UNM.

Sullivan started his professional career at The University in 1992 when he became an Area Residence Life Coordinator for UNM Residence Life & Student Housing. Throughout his time with the department, he also served as a Senior Area Coordinator and Residence Life Manager before becoming Director of UNM Residence Life & Student Housing in 2013. 

“All through his career he’s taken great pride in working for the department because he truly believes in the positive impacts that campus-living has on student success and how much it adds to the overall college experience,” said Melanie Sparks, assistant vice president of Campus Busines Services for UNM’s Institutional Support Services. “I will greatly miss his positive outlook, leadership and commitment to RLSH and UNM.”   

Sullivan said he made his decision to retire, knowing that his department has tremendous and dedicated staff in place to continue providing students with high-quality housing facilities and services.

“I am very fortunate to have spent my career in Student Housing for UNM,” said Sullivan. “I believe in the mission and values of our department and appreciate the opportunity to have worked with my staff and UNM colleagues to provide the best collegiate residential experience possible for UNM’s students. I have no doubt that this will continue in the future.” 

Sullivan will officially retire as Director of UNM Residence Life & Student Housing on January 31. Interim Director, Megan Chibanga will formally take over leadership of the department on February 1. Sullivan will stay on with the University in a quarter-time capacity to support the Interim Director, the Department and The University beginning later in February.