UNM Announces Finalists For President, NMSU To Hold Public Forums In Search For New Leader

Oct 7, 2017

University Of New Mexico Regents Name Presidential FinalistsAssociated Press

The University of New Mexico Board of Regents has chosen five finalists for president of the Albuquerque-based school.

The finalists announced Friday include University of Idaho President Charles "Chuck" Staben, and Garnett S. Stokes, University of Missouri provost.

Two others are medical school deans David A. Brenner at the University of California San Diego and Kenneth Kaushansky at Stony Brook University.

The fifth is Anny Morrobel-Sosa, a former administrator at City University of New York and the University of Texas at El Paso.

The previous UNM president, Bob Frank, left the office last year.

Faculty members unsuccessfully asked the regents to keep interim President Chaouki Abdallah at the helm an extra year to lend stability to a budget-crunched institution amid rapid leadership turnover and a pending accreditation process.

NMSU Search For New Leader Will Include Public ForumsAssociated Press

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents is looking for the school's next leader through a series of public forums.

Current chancellor and president Garrey Carruthers will retire in July when his contract ends.

Regents say they will hold a series of public forums in the search for the school's new leader. Dates for the forums are still in the works but will take place in Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Grants and Albuquerque. The regents expect to complete them by November and to announce the new chancellor in May.

Carruthers, who has served as chancellor since 2013, announced he planned to retire earlier this year, triggering the search for a replacement. The chancellor said he made the decision after regents told him they would not extend his contract, which expires next spring.

NMSP Investigate Lordsburg Police ShootingAssociated Press

Details are scarce, but New Mexico State Police say they're investigating an officer shooting in Lordsburg.

The agency said on its Twitter account that the shooting involves Lordsburg police and that one suspect was transported form the scene.

It says officers are "OK."

The agency says it will release more information later.

Museum Makeover In Santa Fe Comes With Contemporary TwistAssociated Press

Contemporary art is getting a prominent new pedestal in Santa Fe with the architectural transformation of a warehouse venue into a full-blown museum.

SITE Santa Fe on Friday inaugurated a sweeping expansion and redesign of a former beer warehouse to add a snack bar, museum shop, lecture hall, outdoor "sky terrace," educational workshop space and an admission-free introductory gallery.

The redesign also adds new climate controls to a non-collecting contemporary art museum that displays borrowed works from across the globe.

Visitors pass into the revamped building through an overhanging aluminum lattice, designed by New York-based SHoP Architects as a deliberate departure from Santa Fe's adobe-dominated skyline.

The overhaul adds luster to redevelopment efforts in the city's railyard district. SITE Santa Fe is expanding operations to seven days a week.

Police: Robbery Suspect Shoots 2 At Convenience StoreAssociated Press

Albuquerque police say a suspect who robbed a convenience store shot and wounded a store employee and a customer when the employee went outside to take a photo of the suspect's car.

Police say the customer was shot in the neck and the employee in the legs Friday morning. Their conditions aren't immediately available.

Officer Simon Drobik says the suspect reached out the passenger side of his car and fired multiple shots at the employee, hitting the employee and a male customer who was filling his own vehicle with gas.

Drobik says store employees said that a female customer told employees that her child also was hit. Drobik says the woman drove off and police hadn't immediately confirmed her account.