The Board of Regents of the Montana University System has offered Waded Cruzado-Salas, currently executive vice president and provost at New Mexico State University, the presidency at Montana State University, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.
Cruzado-Salas was selected from more than 60 applicants who applied for the position and was one of three finalists who visited Montana State in late September and early October, the Sun-News said.
Negotiations were expected to begin immediately with Cruzado-Salas, who was also a finalist for the presidency at University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas, according to reports.
Montana State University President Geoff Gamble announced his retirement in March, the Sun-News said.
Cruzado-Salas, who has served as executive vice president and provost at NMSU since 2007, was interim president of the university while NMSU regents launched a search for a replacement for Michael Martin, who left in 2008.
But she was asked to step down as interim president when Regents Chairman Bob Gallagher complained that favoritism toward Cruzado had caused other candidates to drop out of consideration, and the old search process was scrapped and replaced by a new committee in May, according to earlier reports.
7:55am 9/22/09 — NMSU Provost a Finalist for Top Job at UT-Pan American: Waded Cruzado, former interim head of NMSU, also a finalist at Montana State.
New Mexico State University Provost Waded Cruzado, who served as NMSU’s interim president for a year, is one of four finalists for president of the University of Texas-Pan American, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.
Cruzado was a finalist for the provost position at UT-Pan American in 2006, the Sun-News said.
Already named one of three finalists for the presidency of Montana State University, Cruzado was in Edinburg, Texas, on Monday at a public-input meeting for the UT-Pan American presidency, the paper reported.
Cruzado served as interim president at NMSU for a year while NMSU regents sought to find a permanent replacement for Michael Martin who left in 2008, but was asked to step down last June when former Regents Chairman Bob Gallagher complained that favoritism toward Cruzado had caused other candidates to drop out of consideration, the Sun-News said.
The search process was scrapped, and regents named a new search committee in May, but committee Chairman Del Archuleta told the Sun-News he could not confirm whether Cruzado had applied for the permanent NMSU post.
Cruzado has served as NMSU provost and executive vice president since 2007, and was dean of NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences from 2003 to 2007, the Sun-News said.
Earning her master’s and doctorate degrees from University of Texas-Arlington, Cruzado was former dean of arts and sciences at the University of Puerto Rico in her home town of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, the paper reported.