ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Latest on the selection of the new University of New Mexico president (all times local):
Regents at the University of New Mexico have selected Garnett Stokes to serve as the first woman president in the school’s 128-year history.
The decision came Thursday morning during a special meeting in Albuquerque.
Provost of the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus, Stokes replaces Bob Frank, who left the office last year.
Stokes was among five finalists who were chosen as part of a national search. Before being hired by Missouri in 2015, she served as provost at Florida State University for four years. She was also that university’s interim president in 2014.
Stokes will start her new post at New Mexico’s flagship university in March.
The University of New Mexico Board of Regents is expected to select the school’s next president during a special meeting Thursday.
The finalists include University of Idaho President Charles “Chuck” Staben and University of Missouri Provost Garnett S. Stokes.
Two others are medical school deans David A. Brenner at the University of California San Diego and Kenneth Kaushansky at Stony Brook University.
The fifth is Anny Morrobel-Sosa, a former administrator at City University of New York and the University of Texas at El Paso.
The previous president, Bob Frank, left the office last year.
Faculty members were unsuccessful in their bid to get the regents to keep interim President Chaouki Abdallah at the helm an extra year to lend stability to a budget-crunched institution amid a pending accreditation process.