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Rob Doughty, president of the UNM Board of Regents – which is responsible for signing off on years of consistently failing budgets from university’s athletics department – says he feels he’s been lied to and won’t rubber stamp any future athletics budgets nor consider forgiving any of the department’s estimated $7.5 million deficit before seeing significant changes.
An unexpectedly fiery Board of Regents Budget Summit meeting Thursday on the University of New Mexico campus began with students speaking out not against the eventually passed proposal to raise their tuition, but against forgiving years of accumulated deficit of Lobo athletics. The debt includes a record high this fiscal year of about $3.3 million.
Doughty’s exchange with deputy athletic director Brad Hutchins seemed to symbolize the growing frustrations in the UNM community.