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Search Updates

The UNM Board of Regents announces a national search to recruit the University's 22nd president. Information about the process will continue to be posted on this web site.

October 4, 2017: UNM Board of Regents sets dates for presidential candidate visits

The UNM Board of Regents has set the dates for the visits of five presidential candidates. They include: October 9, 10, 17, 23 and 24. Oct. 11 will serve as a backup date. The open forums for faculty, staff and students will be held on each of those dates from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. 
Names of the candidates and further scheduling details will be released later this week.

For more information on the search, visit: UNM Presidential Search.

March 28, 2017: Message to the UNM community from Rob Doughty, Regent President and Search Committee Chair:

Dear members of the UNM Community,

Upon recommendation of the Presidential Search Committee and UNM’s search consultant, Isaacson, Miller, I will extend the current Presidential Search into the coming academic year.  The Presidential Search Committee knew that our initial search schedule was ambitious and would closely coincide with the end of the semester.  We are excited about our work thus far and current pool of candidates, and feel this approach gives us the best chance of achieving a successful outcome.

The search committee expressed a desire to slow down the search process, as it would provide more time to review and evaluate candidates.  An extension into the fall semester, once faculty and students return to campus, ensures that all members of the campus community have the opportunity to fully engage in the search process.

Our current leadership team, led by Acting President Abdallah, will continue working to address the many issues facing the University, and position us to successfully complete the search in the coming academic year.  Any further updates or additional information will be posted at

March 2, 2017: Message to the UNM community from Rob Doughty, Regent President and Search Committee Chair:

Dear Members of the UNM Community,

We are pleased to let you know that the search for the next President of the University of New Mexico is going well.  The Search Committee met recently and reviewed the background and experiences of a number of highly qualified candidates.   We are encouraged by the interest level and the caliber of the candidates and look forward to learning more about these and other candidates over the course of the next few months.  Our current intention is to announce finalists and conduct on-campus interviews before the end of this semester.

January 17, 2017: UNM is actively seeking nominations and applications for the position of President.  Applications including a CV and letter of interest, inquiries, nominations, and referrals, should be submitted via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search:

November 16, 2016: The UNM Board of Regents has selected the search firm Isaacson, Miller to assist in the university’s search for its next president. Isaacson, Miller is a national executive search firm specializing in recruiting transformative leadership for mission-driven organizations. With the largest higher education executive search practice in the US, its searches have placed some of the most respected and successful presidents, chancellors, deans, department heads and administrative professionals in the country’s leading universities, colleges and academic medical centers. Founded in 1982, Isaacson, Miller is continually honing the craft of executive search to serve the evolving needs of the civic sector. For more information on Isaacson, Miller, visit

November 7, 2016: Regent President and Search Advisory Committee Chair Robert Doughty has announced the appointment of the Presidential Search Committee. Read the full memorandum here.

October 18, 2016: The UNM Board of Regents formally announces search process. Regents Tom Clifford and Marron Lee have been appointed as members of the advisory search committee, with Regent Rob Doughty serving as committee chair.  Read the full news release here.