This week on New Mexico in Focus, host Gene Grant sits down with current provost and former president of the University of New Mexico Chaouki Abdallah. He is leaving his 30-year career at UNM to take a position at his alma mater, Georgia Tech. Abdallah spoke about his time as a Lobo and how he thinks the university can continue to improve access to higher education for students from all backgrounds.

Producer Sarah Gustavus talks with Greg Williams, an Albuquerque attorney who specializes in open government cases and whose son, an incoming freshman, intended to play soccer during his time at UNM. Men’s soccer, however, was one of four sports the UNM Board of Regents voted last month to cut for financial reasons. At least two complaints have been filed against the regents alleging they violated the state Open Meetings Act. Williams stopped by this week to share his personal and professional reactions to the regents’ decision.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate a federal judge’s ruling that Albuquerque’s DWI vehicle seizure program is unconstitutional. They also discuss reactions to the New Mexico Public Education Department’s planned appeal of an education lawsuit that ruled the state has violated the rights of students who are most “at risk.”

Studio Guests
Greg Williams, attorney & parent of soccer player
Provost Chaouki Abdallah, University of New Mexico

Line Panelists
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Rachel Sams, editor of Albuquerque Business First
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP
Marco Torrez, UNM student, journalism & mass communications

Sarah Gustavus

Gene Grant

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus with associate producer Kathy Wimmer. NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided in part by the McCune Charitable Foundation.

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