UNM to host forum on Presidential search

The University of New Mexico’s governing body will hold a special meeting Friday to solicit public input in selecting the next president of the school.

UNM President Bob Frank
UNM President Bob Frank

The meeting was originally scheduled from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, but has since been rescheduled to the same day from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

The next president will be UNM’s 22nd since the school’s beginning in 1889. And it has been roughly two decades since a president has served a term lasting more than five years.

Earlier this year, President Bob Frank said he would not seek a second term after his contract expires May 31. He has the option of moving to a $350,000-a-year tenured position at the Health Sciences Center.

The regents recently said they hope to find a replacement for Frank by spring 2017 with a new president starting on June 1, 2017.

Regent Jack Fortner, the longest serving member of the seven-member board of regents, will chair the Friday forum.

The regents have specifically asked for comment on the following four questions:

1. What’s your vision for UNM five years from now?

2. What are the major challenges and opportunities currently facing UNM?

3. What knowledge, skills, experience and characteristics are needed in a President to address the challenges, take advantage of the opportunities and carry the University forward into the future?

4. Are there any other considerations the Regents and Search Committee should take into account as we undergo the search process?

Public comment will be limited to three minutes, though UNM is also taking written input.

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