Message from President David J. Schmidly - Thursday, April 21, 2011

When I came to UNM in 2007 I committed to serve as university president for at least five years. My contract will be fulfilled on June 1, 2012 and I've decided to leave the UNM presidency at that time. Last Monday, I notified both the president and vice president of the UNM Board of Regents of my intentions in writing.

I'm letting you know of my decision 13 months in advance for a couple of reasons. The Regents have the important task of choosing the university president, and I want to give them ample time to conduct their search.

I also want to make it clear that I will continue to do my job here. With the Regents, I will be setting goals for the coming year that will be realistic, yet still strive to move the university forward, even in the face of lingering economic difficulties.

I know people will speculate about the role my health played in my decision. I can tell you that I'm feeling fine and that health is not an issue. Rather my decision grew out of a sense of future and family. What I realize as I grow older is that I want to spend more time on things I treasure. I want to play with my grandchildren and enjoy my family. Once I fulfill my duties as president, I want to go back to teaching and doing the research I so love.

Together we have worked hard during the past four years, and have built upon a remarkable institution. I expect no less for the fifth year, which I predict will be engaging and productive. I thank you for your support and look forward to the coming months.


David J. Schmidly