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Clock ticking for regents to pick UNM president

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico’s Board of Regents is on the clock.

Per state law, UNM’s governing board has until Nov. 5 to select a new university president from the field of five finalists announced earlier this month — each of whom have now completed on-campus forums and interviews.

The regents intend to deliberate in a closed meeting Monday. They will make a decision “upon a majority vote” of the seven board members and announce their selection by the deadline after the selected candidate has accepted the terms, according to a written statement from Regent President Rob Doughty.

UNM has not announced what the job will pay, but former President Bob Frank made $362,136 annually. Most of the current candidates earn more in their present positions, according to online salary databases.

Doughty said they will hear feedback from various constituent groups Monday and will also consider input provided through surveys. The surveys are available online through noon Friday at presidentialsearch.unm.edu. Videos from each of the candidates’ recent UNM forums are also available to members of the campus community until then.

The five vying for UNM’s top job are:

    • Dr. David Brenner, vice chancellor for health sciences and medical school dean at the University of California, San Diego
    •  Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky, senior vice president for health sciences and medical school dean at Stony Brook University in New York
    •  Anny Morrobel-Sosa, Ph.D., president of her own consulting firm and former provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Lehman College in New York
    •  Charles “Chuck” Staben, Ph.D., president of the University of Idaho
    •  Garnett Stokes, Ph.D., provost and executive vice president at the University of Missouri

The chosen candidate will become UNM’s 22nd president, filling the position Frank vacated last December after 4½ years. Provost Chaouki Abdallah has served as interim president since January, but did not apply for the job on a permanent basis.

The president will take over an institution with about 26,000 students at the main campus, a $2.91 billion annual budget and a series of challenges that include state funding cuts, dwindling enrollment, and investigations by multiple state agencies into financial management of its athletic department.

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