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William Flores appointed interim president at NMSU

The Board of Regents of New Mexico State University today voted unanimously to appoint Provost William V. Flores as interim president.

Provost William Flores has been named interim president at New Mexico State University. (New Mexico State University photo)

The board, meeting in Santa Fe, also voted to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for a consulting firm to assist with the search for the university's next president. Board President Laura Conniff and Vice President Steve Anaya were authorized to select a consulting firm from the proposals received.

Flores will retain the responsibilities of provost while serving as interim president. The interim term will begin upon the resignation of President Jay Gogue, who has been selected as the lone finalist for the position of president and chancellor at the University of Houston. Gogue's appointment at Houston is expected to be confirmed in early August.

"We look forward to working with Bill Flores to continue moving the university forward on the track that has been set by President Gogue," Conniff said.

The board thanked Gogue for his leadership as president since July 2000.

The board decided at its last meeting that an interim president could be a candidate for the permanent position.

Flores has served as provost, the university's chief academic officer, since August 2001. Before coming to NMSU he was dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at California State University, Northridge.

Born in San Diego and raised in Lemon Grove, Calif., he earned his Ph.D. in social theory and public policy at Stanford University.

In addition to his university responsibilities, Flores is a member of the board of directors of the National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico and a graduate of the Leadership New Mexico program.