Meeting seeks public input on new UNM president

The University of New Mexico’s governing body will hold a special meeting from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday in the main SUB ballroom to solicit public input in selecting the next president of the school.

Regents also announced Monday the makeup of the advisory committee to aid the search.

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 another 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, 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 major challenges facing UNM and what skills or characteristics the next president should have. Public comment will be limited to three minutes, though UNM is also taking written input.

The advisory committee will be led by Rob Doughty, the president of the board of regents, and includes regents Thomas Clifford and Marron Lee. The 20-person committee also includes representatives from faculty, staff and students, including Pamela Pyle, the head of faculty Senate, Ray Birmingham, the UNM baseball coach, and Cheryl Willman, a distinguished professor and the director of the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. It also has UNM alumni, and state Sens. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, and Mark Moores, R-Albuquerque.

A yet-to-be-selected professional consultant group will also help to identify, recruit and evaluate candidates.

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