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Search for UNM provost moving ahead

Copyright © 2019 Albuquerque Journal

The search for the University of New Mexico’s next provost is on.

The executive recruitment firm of Isaacson, Miller recently posted a job description on its website.

The job description states that the successful candidate for the provost/executive vice president for academic affairs position “will be an experienced and visionary academic administrator with the proven skills to lead this highly diverse community and respected center for research and education – addressing major global challenges and the pressing needs of New Mexico.”

The firm will also assist in guiding the search process. UNM officials have not released the contract with the search firm to the Journal, despite requests for the document.

The university has previously announced that Barbara S. McCrady, distinguished professor of psychology, will serve as chair of the search committee. The committee is charged with recruiting, evaluating and referring candidates.

UNM President Garnett Stokes has asked the committee to recommend four unranked candidates who would be considered for on-campus interviews, according to a news release.

“Hiring effective leaders in higher education is critical to an institution’s success,” Stokes said in a statement. “We are launching the national search for prospective candidates to be the next UNM provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.”

According to the university’s website, the search committee will work to identify candidates starting in January, and the school will conduct open forums with the campus community in March and April.

The person selected will replace Chaouki Abdallah, who resigned as provost in August to take a job at Georgia Tech University. Richard Wood has been serving as interim provost.

The search is one of three administrative level positions Stokes needs to fill in the coming year.

The university is also conducting searches for vice president for equity and inclusion and senior vice president for finance and administration.