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Oct. 10, 2001


Dr. William C. GordonUniversity of New Mexico President William C. Gordon today confirmed that he has been named one of three finalists for the position of Chancellor for the University System of Georgia.

Hilton H. Howell, chairman of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, today announced the finalists, one of whom will be selected to succeed current Chancellor Stephen R. Portch, who announced in May that he was stepping down from the position.

"When I was asked to become a finalist for this position, I was surprised and felt honored to be considered," Gordon said. "My decision to go forward in this process was based on two factors. First, the University System of Georgia has made enormous progress in recent years and has clearly become one of the nation's premier systems of higher education. The second important consideration for me was that Georgia was where I grew up, it is where most of my family still lives, and it is a place that I have always thought of as home."

UNM Board of Regents' President Larry Willard said, "President Gordon and I have discussed this opportunity for him. Being named a finalist certainly indicates that he is under very serious consideration, but we need to keep in mind that no final decision
has yet been made. We will await the completion of the process and then determine what course of action, if any, we need to take. In the meantime, we should take pride in the fact that our president is being recruited by such an outstanding higher education system. This not only speaks highly of President Gordon but also of the quality of our institution. UNM is a strong university, led by an exceptional president, and we will continue to excel in the teaching, research, public service and patient care activities for which UNM is so well known in this state and beyond."

The two other finalists announced by Howell are Richard S. Jarvis, chancellor, United States Open University, based in Aurora, CO; and, Thomas C. Meredith, chancellor of The University of Alabama System, in Tuscaloosa.

Following Georgia State law, agencies are required to release a list of as many as three finalists at least 14 days prior to any final decision.

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