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NMSU Regents launch search process for new president

New Mexico State University's Board of Regents announced at their meeting Thursday that they will contract with the executive search consulting firm of R. William Funk & Associates to assist in the selection of the next NMSU president.


Current NMSU President Michael Martin has accepted a position as chancellor of the Baton Rouge campus of Louisiana State University. He will remain at NMSU until July 31.

At a June 6 meeting, Regents selected James McDonough to be interim president. McDonough retired from the university in 2006 as the senior vice president for business, finance and human resources. At Thursday's meeting, Regents formalized a contract with McDonough, who will begin in his position on July 1.

Regents Chair Robert Gallagher said the search firm will start work for NMSU on July 1 and will continue until the search is completed. The first task of the firm will be to help in assembling a search committee.

Gallagher said the Regents are committed to establishing a search committee that represents the primary constituent groups within the community of NMSU's stakeholders. As chair of the Board of Regents, Gallagher will chair the search committee. Regent Laura Conniff will be the Regents' representative on the committee. Faculty Senate Chair Joe Pfeiffer and Associated Students of New Mexico State University President Justin O'Connell also will sit on the committee.

Nominations are being sought for representatives of exempt and non-exempt NMSU employees and community leaders to serve on the committee. Those who wish to nominate anyone from these three categories can submit contact information to the Regents Chief of Staff Office by July 7.

The Regents will consult with the NMSU president and Executive Vice President and Provost Waded Cruzado directly for nominees from the following constituent groups: deans, department heads, community college presidents, and vice presidents. The Faculty Senate will elect two faculty members to serve as search committee members. The Graduate Students Association will be asked to nominate graduate student representatives, and the Directors of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, the Agricultural Experiment Station/Cooperative Extension Service, and Intercollegiate Athletics will each be asked to nominate representatives from their respective areas.

All nominees will be submitted to the search firm for its assistance in finalization of the search committee roster.

The Regents encouraged all employees and friends of NMSU to nominate candidates for president. All nominations will be forwarded by the Regents Chief of Staff Office to the search consultant for consideration within the process.