ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico’s governing board will meet less frequently in the future.
UNM regents voted this week on a meeting schedule for the rest of the year that calls on the board to convene every other month in most cases, which is about half as many meetings as the board has historically had in a year. Last month, the regents changed board policy to cut the expected amount of formal gatherings.
“A big motivation was to save time, effort and elbow grease on the part of the staff. Look at all that goes into these meetings with books, PowerPoints and scheduling, and on and on and on,” Board of Regents President Doug Brown said. “More time to actually do these things instead of just to review and discuss them – that was the primary motivation.”
Brown said board members met with a governing board consultant during a regents retreat, who said that fewer regents meetings reflect best practices because regents appear less intrusive and meddlesome in day-to-day operations at a university.