Contact: Robert J. Desiderio, 277-4700 or
Michael Padilla, 277-1816

March 7, 2001

UNM to conduct search for Vice President for Business and Finance

The University of New Mexico will conduct a national search for vice president for Business and Finance, said Robert Desiderio, dean at UNM’s School of Law and search committee chair for the position.

Julie Weaks has served as interim vice president for business and finance since January 1999.

“The goal of the search committee is to fill this position with an individual of exceptional merit who is capable of providing strong and creative leadership for the University of New Mexico over the coming years,” Desiderio said. “This is a highly important position for the University.”

As the chief financial officer for the University, the vice president for Business and Finance provides leadership and direction to the institution’s business and support functions and is a member of President’s executive council. The vice president oversees the Budget Office, Business Policies, Controller’s Office and other treasury functions (payroll, general accounting, contracts and grants, and cashiering), Dispute Resolution, Electronic Management, Endowment Management, Facility Planning, Human Resources, Physical Plant, Printing Services, Purchasing and Materiel Management, Real Estate, Risk Management (including Campus Safety), Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and fiscal oversight of auxiliary enterprises. The vice president ensures that business transactions and support services meet the university’s short- and long-term goals and objectives.

Minimum qualifications for the position include a master’s degree in business administration, management or a related field. More than 10 years experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Members of the search committee include: Victor Chavez, Chavez-Grieves Consulting Engineers; Brian Colón, Graduate and Professional Student Association; Teresa Córdova, School of Architecture and Planning; Desiderio; Linda Easley, Health Sciences Center Budget Office; John Geissman, Earth and Planetary Sciences and Faculty Senate president; Alex Gonzalez, Scholarship Office; Helen Gonzales, Employee and Organizational Development; Irvin Harrison, University Honors; Laura Loose, UNM-Los Alamos; Roger Lujan, Facility Planning; Bill McGillis, Intercollegiate Athletics; and Howard Smith, Anderson Schools of Management. Diane Gwinn, School of Engineering, serves as search coordinator.

Desiderio said that the committee welcomes any nominations for the position. All candidate applications must be received by the committee by 5 p.m. April 2. The vice president for Business and Finance is expected to take office by July 1. Nominations and applications must be submitted to: Vice President for Business and Finance Search Committee, Diane Gwinn, Search Coordinator, School of Engineering, 107 Farris Engineering Center, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131.

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