Contact: Frank D. Martinez, 277-1811

July 13, 2001


Dr. William Stanley has been named interim director of the University of New Mexico's Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) effective immediately, announced Dr. Richard Holder, UNM Deputy Provost.

Stanley succeeds Dr. Gilbert Merkx, who left UNM to accept a position at Duke University. Holder said a search for a permanent director will begin once UNM's strategic planning process has been completed.

"I have great confidence that with Bill Stanley in charge, the LAII can continue its forward momentum that has already placed it in the top two or three of programs of its kind," Holder said, also crediting Merkx for having "led the LAII successfully for many years."

Stanley, who joined the UNM faculty is 1990, is a tenured associate professor of Political Science. He is in his second, non-consecutive term as the Director of Latin American Studies within the LAII.

Stanley earned a bachelor's degree from Stanford University in international relations and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in political science. His academic research has focused on political violence, military politics, resolution of civil wars, and reform of police and military institutions, particularly in Central America.

The Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) administers UNM's interdisciplinary programs in Latin American Studies and provides university-wide support for Latin American and Iberian activities in all of UNM's eleven schools and colleges.

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