The University of New Mexico Board of Regents will name the university’s next president on Thursday, according to a meeting agenda released Monday.
The board will convene at 9 a.m. Thursday in Scholes Hall, enter executive session and emerge to announce the school’s 22nd president.
The regents are choosing from a field of five finalists:
- 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 chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Missouri
UNM has been on the hunt for its next president for a year, using a professional search firm and a local search committee made up of people from inside and outside UNM. The search committee chose a slate of semifinalists from which the regents earlier this month picked five finalists.
Each finalist had a daylong campus visit this month that included a rigorous schedule of meetings with different groups – including UNM’s executive cabinet, the regents, and the faculty – and an open forum in the Student Union Building.
The regents are meeting today in closed session to deliberate. They will hear feedback from campus constituencies and weigh responses to the surveys posted online after the candidates’ recent visits.
The chosen candidate will formally succeed Bob Frank, who stepped down at the end of 2016 after announcing plans not to seek a new contract.
Frank earned $362,136 annually, but the regents have not said yet what the next president will earn.