New Mexico in Focus looks at the search for the University of New Mexico's new president. Host Gene Grant interviews current president David Schmidly, who steps down at the end of his contract in June 2012. They will discuss Schmidly's time at UNM, including budget cuts and surviving the faculty's vote of no confidence. Schmidly talks about his plans for retirement and how he is helping university officials to find his successor.

KNME's one hour public affairs show New Mexico in Focus airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 a.m. on KNME, Channel 5.1. The show can also be seen on KNME's Digital Channel 9.1 on Saturdays at 5 p.m.

Also this week, bestselling author Oscar Hijuelos visits the studio to talk about being the first Latino author to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. He also talks about growing up in New York, insights on his writing process and his inspirations.

• David Schmidly, President, University of New Mexico
• Oscar Hijuelos, Pullitzer Prize winning author
• Mambo Kings, musical group

• Gene Grant, Weekly Alibi columnist

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‘New Mexico In Focus' is produced by Kevin McDonald and Kathy Wimmer; closed captioning has been made possible by a gift from Mrs. Elspeth G. Bobbs.

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