The UNM internal search committee tasked with recommending finalists for the position of interim UNM provost has scheduled public forums Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 26 – 28, 2011 for the UNM community to meet the finalists. The committee plans to identify these individuals this weekend and will release their names Monday morning, April 25. There could be 2 – 4 finalists, depending on the search committee deliberations.

Each of the public forums is scheduled for approximately two hours beginning at 9:30 a.m. and each will take place in the SUB Theatre (south end of the bottom floor). These forums will be recorded and archived, and all members of the UNM community are encouraged to provide feedback to the committee through electronic means that will be announced.

"We recognize that this is short notice in a busy season and plead for your understanding of the constraints facing the search committee," said committee chair and Faculty Senate president Rich Wood. "Please do all that you can to participate fully in this process which is, along with the budget, the most crucial decision facing the University this year."

The internal candidate chosen as interim provost for a two year assignment will succeed Suzanne Ortega who has accepted the position of senior vice president for academic affairs for the University of North Carolina system. The final decision on hiring the interim provost rests with President David Schmidly, based upon the recommendations of the search committee.

Public Forums Aganda
Welcome...........................................................................................5 minutes
Public statement by Candidate............................................................15 minutes
Q&A;: Faculty....................................................................................45 minutes
Q&A;: Students.................................................................................30 minutes
Q&A;: Staff & Administration...............................................................30 minutes
Closing..............................................................................................2 minutes

Media contact: Susan McKinsey (505) 277-1807; e-mail: mckinsey@unm.edu