LAS CRUCES — A 15-member committee overseeing the search for New Mexico State University’s next president was assembled with an eye toward representing the school’s various constituencies, said Board of Regents Chair Mike Cheney.
The committee, whose membership was announced Thursday, includes NMSU faculty, alumni, businesspeople, members of the ranching and engineering community.
“Hiring the university president is the most important priority for our board and I’m pleased that we have been able to put together such a comprehensive committee that includes individuals from as many of NMSU’s constituency groups as possible,” Cheney said in a prepared statement.
The Board of Regents plans to select a permanent president by May, Cheney said.
Former president Barbara Couture announced her resignation after three years in Las Cruces on Oct. 1. While the reasons for her departure have not been fully disclosed, the regents said her separation was mutually agreeable.
Cheney said he plans to decide by early January whether to hire an executive search firm to aid the committee in locating qualified candidates for the job. Cheney said he is exploring sources of private funding to pay for a consultant.