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NMSU Regents announce finalists for presidency

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents today (Monday, Feb. 23, 2004) announced five finalists for the position of university president.


alists, listed alphabetically, are:

-- William V. Flores, interim president and provost at NMSU.

-- Tito Guerrero III, president of Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas.

-- Michael V. Martin, vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the University of Florida.

-- Richard D. Ringeisen, chancellor of the University of Illinois at Springfield.

-- John Wanat, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Laura Conniff, president of the Board of Regents, said each will participate in a day of interviews and meetings in mid-March. Each finalist's interview schedule will include a one-hour open forum for faculty, staff and students, and another for the general public. The schedules will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

Flores joined NMSU in August 2001 as provost and chief academic officer, responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the university and its four branch campuses. He was appointed interim president in July 2003, after then-President Jay Gogue was selected as president and chancellor at the University of Houston.

Flores previously served as dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Cal State-Northridge. He also taught at California State University in Fresno and in Hayward, Santa Clara University and Stanford University, where he served as associate director of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research. He received his bachelor's degree in political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1970, his master's in political science at Stanford University in 1971, and his Ph.D. in social theory and public policy in 1987, also at Stanford.

Guerrero has been president of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, since 2001 and was president of the University of Southern Colorado from 1997 to 2001. He also has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and held other administrative positions at the Corpus Christi campus.

Guerrero received his bachelor's degree in health education and biology at Texas A&M University in 1970, his master's in secondary and health education at the University of North Texas in 1971, and his doctorate in education administration, planning and social policy at Harvard University in 1977.

Martin has been vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the University of Florida since October 1998. He previously served in a variety of academic and administrative positions at the University of Minnesota, including vice president for agricultural policy and dean of the College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences.

Martin received his bachelor's degree in business and economics in 1969 and his master's degree in economics in 1971, both at Mankato State College, and his Ph.D. in applied economics at the University of Minnesota in 1977.

Ringeisen has been chancellor -- chief executive officer -- at the University of Illinois at Springfield since April 2001. From June 1996 to April 2001 he was vice chancellor for academic affairs and chief academic officer at East Carolina University in North Carolina. Before that he was dean of the College of Sciences at Old Dominion University in Virginia.

Ringeisen received his bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1966 at Manchester College in Indiana, his master's in mathematics in 1968 at Michigan State University in 1968 and his Ph.D. in mathematics in 1970, also at Michigan State.

Wanat became provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2000 after serving as vice provost at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1995-2000. He previously held a number of academic and administrative positions at UIC.

Wanat received his bachelor's degree in mathematics at Loyola University in Chicago in 1963, his master's in political science at Northern Illinois University in 1968 and his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

More information about the presidential search is on the university's Web site at http://www.nmsu.edu/~advance/ps/.