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NMSU regents invite public participation in search process for new president

New Mexico State University's Board of Regents is seeking public participation in the process of selecting a new president for the university, both in the formation of a search committee and in nominations for the university's new leader.

The regents announced at their meeting June 26 that they will contract with the executive search consulting firm of R. William Funk & Associates to assist regents in the selection of the next NMSU president.

Regents Chair Bob Gallagher said the regents are committed to establishing a search committee that represents the primary constituent groups within the community of NMSU's stakeholders. 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 NMSU 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 Dr. Patricia Williams, Regents Chief of Staff, at pat@nmsu.edu by July 15.

The chair of the Board of 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 submit at least three nominations from Las Cruces campus faculty members, and at least two nominations from community college faculty members. From those nominations, two faculty members from the Las Cruces campus and one faculty member from the community colleges will be selected to serve on the search committee. 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, the Cooperative Extension Service, and Intercollegiate Athletics will each be asked to nominate representatives from their respective areas. All nominees will be submitted to the chair of the Board of Regents for finalization of the search committee roster.

The next step will be to launch the search for a president, a process in which public involvement also is sought. The regents encourage all employees and friends of NMSU to nominate candidates for president. The regents prefer that all candidates hold an academic administrative position of dean or higher, but any nominations are welcome. All nominations will be forwarded by the Regents Chief of Staff to the search consultant for consideration within the process. Regular updates on the search will be provided throughout the fall semester.