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Current Issue: March 31, 2003
Volume 38, Number 17

Regents announce five finalists for UNM president

The UNM Board of Regents has announced five finalists for the position of President of UNM.

Each will be invited to participate in a series of on-campus interviews and meetings. A schedule of the campus visits will be announced when finalized (unavailable at Campus News press time).

The candidates are:

— Louis Caldera, J.D., who is currently vice chancellor for University Advancement at California State University (CSU) Long Beach, Calif., where he also is president of the CSU Foundation. Caldera holds a bachelor of science degree from the United States Military Academy, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.

— Larry E. Penley, Ph.D., who is currently dean of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, where he also is a professor of management and holds the Robert Herberger Arizona Heritage Chair. Penley received a Ph.D. in business from the University of Georgia, and master’s in communication and bachelor’s in psychology from Wake Forest University.

— Edward John Ray, Ph.D., who is currently executive vice president and provost at the Ohio State University, Columbus, where he also is a professor of economics. Ray received his bachelor's in mathematics from Queens College (CUNY), graduating cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his master's in economics from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.

— Carlos E. Santiago, Ph.D., who is currently provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY), where he also is a professor of Latin American and Caribbean studies and economics. Santiago holds a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University and master's in economics from Cornell University and the University of Puerto Rico.

— Linda Bunnell Shade, Ph.D., who most recently served as chancellor of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 1993-2001, and as senior vice president for Higher Education, The College Board, 2001-02. She earned her bachelor's at Baylor University and her Ph.D. and master’s in English literature at CU Boulder where she was a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow and a University Fellow.

“The Search Committee is to be commended for having done a superb job. All five of these finalists are eminently qualified. Each offers very impressive credentials and each would bring very specific strengths to the UNM presidency,” said UNM Board of Regents President Larry Willard, who is also a member of the UNM Presidential Search Committee.

“The Search Committee has carried out its charge very thoroughly and diligently. We’ve come up with a list of five very highly qualified individuals from which the Board of Regents can choose,” said UNM Regent Maria Griego-Raby, UNM Presidential Search Committee chair.

The search for UNM’s next president, who will become UNM’s 18th president, began last October when the UNM Board of Regents approved a UNM Presidential Search Committee consisting of three members of the Board of Regents, three UNM faculty, one dean, a staff member, an undergraduate and a graduate student and a UNM alumnus.