Regents cancel Friday’s meetings, will meet Monday on presidential selection

The Board of Regents of New Mexico State University has cancelled meetings that were scheduled for Friday, March 19, and will meet instead on Monday, March 22, regarding the selection of the university’s next president.

The regents will meet at 10 a.m. Monday in Room 2 of the Educational Services Center on the main campus in Las Cruces for a closed executive session, to be followed immediately by an open session in the Regents Room of the Educational Services Center.

Bob Gallagher, president of the Board of Regents, said he expects the executive session to be brief. The only item on the agenda for the open meeting is the selection of a president.

“The regents have been bolstered by the enormous amount of support and information that has been generated by this search and will take the weekend to carefully consider all of this information,” Gallagher said today.

The public is invited to attend the open meeting. Refreshments will be available in the lobby of the Educational Services Center after the meeting. The Educational Services Center is located next to the Pan American Center. Parking is accessible from University Avenue.

Five finalists for the presidency participated in interviews, meetings with campus groups, and open sessions with faculty, staff, students and the general public from March 11 through 17. The finalists 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; and John Wanat, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The purpose of Monday’s executive session is to consider the qualifications of the finalists, pursuant to Section 10-15-1 H (2) of the New Mexico Open Meetings Act.

Karl Hill
March 18, 2004

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