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Search for the University's 21st President

On April 21, UNM President David J. Schmidly announced his decision to step down from the Presidency at the end of the 2011-12 academic year. The Board of Regents announces a national search to recruit the University's 21st president. Information about the process will continue to be posted on this web site.

Update: December 15, 2011 - Videos of finalist open forums are posted online.  Click here to watch the forums and provide feedback.

Update: December 5, 2011 - The University of New Mexico Board of Regents has announced the names of five finalists:

  • Douglas D. Baker, Provost and Executive Vice President, University of Idaho
  • Robert G. Frank, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Kent State University
  • Meredith Hay, Special Advisor to the Chair for Strategic Initiatives, Arizona Board of Regents
  • Elizabeth Hoffman, Executive Vice President and Provost, Iowa State University
  • Elsa A. Murano, Professor and President Emerita, Texas A & M University

"We're very pleased to have these five accomplished finalists seeking the presidency of UNM," said Jack Fortner, chair of the search committee and President of the UNM Board of Regents. "The search committee found them to be outstanding candidates with great enthusiasm for UNM and its future. We look forward to their campus visits over the next two weeks."

Click Here to view additional information about the finalists.

Click here to view the full announcement.

Update: October 13, 2011 - The Presidential Search committee met on October 11, 2011 to begin preliminary review of candidates and provide direction to the Search firm for prospective candidates.  At the next meeting, scheduled for November 15, 2011, the committee will select semi-finalists to interview.  After the semi-finalist interviews, the Board of Regents will select 5-8 finalists to bring to campus for interviews.  This is expected to occur before Winter Break.  Our new President is expected to be identified in January and will begin in summer 2012.

Please continue to forward nominations and encourage qualified applicants to consider the University of New Mexico.

Update: September 9, 2011 - The UNM Presidential Search Committee is soliciting nominations and applications for the position of President.  Click here for more information.

Update: July 20, 2011 - Regent President and Search Committee Chair Jack Fortner has announced the appointment of the Presidential Search Committee.  Click here for more information.

Update: June 30, 2011 - The Board of Regents is soliciting input into to the search process, specifically as to the criteria that should be used to guide the search process.  Please feel free to send an email to search@unm.edu to provide feedback to the Search Committee.

On Campus Interviews

We will be hosting an on-campus interview for each of the five finalists.  The schedule for those interviews are listed below:

Dec 8, 2011 - Elsa Murano
Dec 9, 2011 - Elizabeth Hoffman
Dec 12, 2011 - Robert Frank
Dec 13, 2011 - Meredith Hay
Dec 14, 2011 - Douglas Baker

Candidate Forums

Videos of each of the candidate forums are available for viewing here.