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UNM paying former Missouri AD $53K as athletics consultant

The University of New Mexico announced Thursday that it has hired former Missouri athletic director Mike Alden as a consultant for a broad-based assessment of UNM’s athletics department, something he has done in recent years for other athletic departments facing turmoil.

Alden, a onetime associate athletic director at UNM who worked with the Lobo Club, was the 17-year athletic director at the University of Missouri until 2015 and worked there for one year with UNM President Garnett Stokes.

Alden’s consulting contract with UNM is being paid through the President’s Office and is for $53,000, the Journal has learned.

The Journal has submitted Inspection of Public Records Act requests for the contracts for both Alden and Helen Grant Consulting, which was paid $6,000 to complete a recent Title IX assessment report.

A letter from Stokes and Athletics Director Eddie Nuñez said Alden would examine the department and its current offerings, and assess viable options. His work has included a campus visit, interviews with athletic department staff, administrators, faculty and staff, student leaders and members of the community.

He has also conducted an analysis of the finances. While he will not make formal recommendations, UNM says he will provide guidance that “will be invaluable to our decision-making process.”

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