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Current Issue: March 3, 2003
Volume 38, Number 15

Faculty Senate meets new UNM regents
President Garcia reports on legislative initiative

By Carolyn Gonzales

Three of the four new regents attended the recent Faculty Senate meeting. Jamie Koch, Maria Griego-Raby and Andrea Cook, student-regent, listened to comments from senators about some of the qualities they would like to see in a new UNM president. Griego-Raby now chairs the search committee. The fourth new regent, Donald Salazar, was unable to attend.

President F. Chris Garcia described UNM’s current legislative initiative. After reviewing various packages to fund higher education, Garcia said that the Legislative Finance Committee’s package “is the most fully developed, most likely to be accepted.” He said that it calls for full formula funding and two percent compensation.

Garcia has also met with civic groups, Mayor Martin Chávez, Senator Jeff Bingaman and Congresswoman Heather Wilson. “Our fates are linked together. What’s good for the University is good for the state,” Garcia said.

Provost Brian Foster reported that a search is underway for a Division of Continuing Education dean. The position has undergone a structural change, he said. Jerónimo Domínguez, who held both positions, is now Extended University vice provost exclusively.

Faculty Senate President Beverly Burris said the drive to have a faculty member named to the Board of Regents is “pending” and Jamie Koch is supportive of it although he would rather see the number on the board raised to nine rather than eliminating any community regent positions.