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Regent expects president to be named in October

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico could name its next president by the middle of the fall semester.

UNM Board of Regents President Rob Doughty on Friday laid out a tentative new timeline for the hiring process. He said he anticipates the school’s presidential search committee will interview candidates and create a list of eight semifinalists in September. The regents would then choose and publicly name five finalists. The finalists could visit campus for public interviews in early October, and the regents could make a decision on the appointment by late October, Doughty said.

When the new president would actually start on the job depends on the individual’s “particular circumstance,” he said.

Of course, the plan is subject to change.

UNM began its search last fall with intentions of naming the school’s 22nd president by spring.

But Doughty later called that plan ambitious. He said in March that the search would extend to the 2017-18 school year at the recommendation of Isaacson, Miller, the outside firm UNM is paying $111,000 to help with the process.