Associate Vice Provost for Academic Administration Curt Porter has announced he will retire at the end of December. A retirement celebration will be held Monday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. at the Faculty Staff Club.              

When asked about his retirement, Porter said, “As a public servant for over four decades, it’s a good feeling to think back and know I have done my best for the State and people of New Mexico.”                                                                 

Porter’s professional career began just over 40 years ago as an analyst at the Legislative Finance Committee. He became involved with New Mexico higher education at the LFC and then became staff director there.  Since leaving the LFC, his career has been devoted almost entirely to higher education and he is considered one the State’s experts on the higher education funding formula. 

After stops at his alma mater- NMSU, the Commission on Higher Education and the State Board of Finance, Porter came to UNM in January 2000 as Budget Director.  He held that position – expanded to Associate Vice President for Planning Budget and Analysis- for almost eight years before joining the Provost’s executive staff.  Porter will to continue to work part time in the Provost’s Office, concentrating on budget and formula funding issues.

Abdallah commented, “It has been a pleasure working with Curt and having the ability to tap into his extensive expertise on a myriad of budget and state-wide funding matters.  I am pleased that he has agreed to stay on in a part-time capacity as we transition to a new era in budgeting at UNM.”

A native of Hatch, NM Porter understands the essence of New Mexico’s official state question- Red or Green?  A converted Lobo, he holds both a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Economics from NMSU.  He is married to UNM alumna Nancy Cooper.

During his tenure at UNM, Porter has served on many committees and task forces such as the former University Planning Council, the Electronic Reporting Platform Steering Committee, the Provost’s Budget Parameter Planning Group, the Steering Committee for HLC accreditation, the Cost Containment Taskforce and the Strategic Budget Leadership Team. He served as chair of the Resource Committee for HLC accreditation, as well as the Higher Education Department’s Formula Funding Taskforce.