By Karen Wentworth
After several months of intensive work, UNM President Louis Caldera has nearly completed his major appointments to the UNM administration.
“Our goal has been to develop a management structure that will make our current operations more effective and at the same time enable us to be more responsive to new opportunities to advance our mission,” Caldera said.
The new management team is anchored by David Harris, UNM’s executive vice president for administration. Harris is the university’s chief finance officer, with responsibility for budget, auxiliary services and business affairs.
Also reporting to Harris is Steve Beffort, who holds the newly created associate vice president of facilities position. Beffort will coordinate the efforts of real estate, physical plant, and facilities and planning departments to develop a new master plan for the university’s physical infrastructure.
Risk management, human resources, athletics and UNM police make up the rest of Harris’ charge.
UNM Provost Brian Foster assumes the title of executive vice president for academic affairs and remains responsible for the academic concerns of the university.
In addition, Foster will now oversee the division of Student Affairs, headed by Vice President Eliseo “Cheo” Torres. Foster retains oversight of UNM’s colleges and schools, branch campuses, extension and weekend programs, museums, institutional research, UNM Press and KUNM public radio.
At UNM’s Health Sciences Center, R. Philip Eaton has been named executive vice president for health sciences. Eaton is responsible for all activities involving health related research, clinical care, and the colleges of pharmacy, nursing and medicine and the UNM Hospitals.
Terry Yates, formerly vice provost for research, has been named vice president for research and economic development, and now reports directly to the president.
Mike Carroll assumed duties in November as vice president for Institutional Advancement. Searches are underway for a new associate vice president of development and associate vice president of communications and marketing.
Additions to President Caldera’s staff include Connie Beimer, chief of staff, Carlos Rey Romero, director of government relations, and Robert Bienstock, who serves as acting university counsel.
Wynn Goering continues in his current position of special assistant and senior academic advisor, as does Debra Yoshimura, director of internal audit. Theresa Ramos, Office of Equal Opportunity, will continue to report directly to the president.
Rounding out the president’s senior management team is William “Bill” Adkins, appointed chief information officer.
“I’m absolutely delighted by the caliber and commitment of this leadership team,” Caldera said.
“Together, I believe we can make this great university an even better one, for all who will work and study here and for everyone we serve.”