ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Questions surround the revolving door of leadership at the University of New Mexico in the wake of Robert Frank’s decision to step down as president.
Next May, he’ll fill a new position at the school’s Health Sciences Center, the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/2dKxhvH ) reported.
He is currently under contract until May 31.
Frank will get paid slightly less than his base presidential pay. His new role comes with an annual salary of $350,000.
“It’s a revolving-door position,” said Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque.
“We have not seen the continuity that would be beneficial to the university,” Albuquerque Republican Rep. Larry Larrañaga said.
Faculty Senate President Pamela Pyle said graduation rates, hiring and economic development have made gains under Frank.
“We have to see this as an opportunity to go forward with a leader who will share President Frank’s positive vision for UNM and bring it farther down the road,” Pyle said in a statement. “The Faculty stand ready to help with the process of continuing to provide quality programs and realize creative visions, and also to help pick a leader who will build on our successes while encouraging new growth.”
Board of Regents President Rob Doughty says the search for Frank’s replacement should start by spring 2017 at the latest.
He said an interim could fill the role if needed.
The university budget could be cut by $22.5 million.
Hiring is currently frozen.
Frank declined to answer questions from the Journal, including whether his job at the health sciences center runs counter to the hiring freeze.
University spokeswoman Dianne Anderson said Frank will not comment beyond what he told the campus.
“He is returning his focus to what he plans to accomplish in the remaining eight months of his presidency and doesn’t plan to discuss his decision not to seek a second term any further,” Anderson said.
Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com