New Mexico picks a new university president, and it isn’t Staben

The University of New Mexico has a new president: Garnett Stokes, an administrator from the University of Missouri.

President Chuck Staben

The UNM job search culminated Thursday. The Idaho connection: University of Idaho President Chuck Staben was a finalist for the job, interviewing on the Albuquerque, N.M., campus last month.

Staben has been the U of I’s president since 2014.

Thursday’s news spares the State Board of Education from the process of filling a third vacancy in the state’s higher education system. The State Board is already searching for successors for Idaho State University President Arthur Vailas and Lewis-Clark State College President Anthony Fernandez; both are retiring.

Click here for details on the UNM hire, from the Albuquerque Journal.

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