NM State announces 5 finalists for president position

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — New Mexico State University has announced five finalists to serve as the university’s next president, according to a news release sent out on Friday, Feb. 2.

During a special special meeting on Friday, the university’s Board of Regents announced the names of the finalists, who were selected after a nationwide search, according to a news release sent out by the school.

  • Richard Williams Photo: NMSU
    Richard Williams Photo: NMSU
  • Wayne Jones Photo: NMSU
    Wayne Jones Photo: NMSU
  • Austin Lane Photo: NMSU
    Austin Lane Photo: NMSU
  • John Volin Photo: NMSU
    John Volin Photo: NMSU
  • Michael Galyean Photo: NMSU
    Michael Galyean Photo: NMSU

The finalists are:

• Michael Galyean: the Paul Whitfield Horn distinguished professor in the Department of Veterinary Sciences and former provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Texas Tech University.
• Wayne Jones: provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of New Hampshire.
• Austin Lane, chancellor of Southern Illinois University.
• John Volin, executive vice president for Academic Affairs and provost of the University of Maine.
• Richard Williams: former president of Utah Tech University.

Regents Chair Ammu Devasthali said the next phase of the presidential search will include campus visits from each candidate beginning in late February, allowing opportunities for members of the NMSU community and the public to hear from the candidates directly about their vision for NMSU.

The schedule for those visits and forums will be announced soon and will be available online at nmsu.edu/president-search, along with more information about each finalist, links to webcasts of each public forum, and feedback forms to provide comments to the board.

“We look forward to getting to know each of the candidates and learning how they fit our vision for the next leader of the NMSU system,” Devasthali said. “I hope you’ll join us for those candidate forums – whether in person or online – and share your thoughts as we make this incredibly important decision.”

The search was led by search firm WitfKieffer and an internal presidential search committee led by retired NMSU Senior Vice President Ben Woods.

For additional information about the presidential search process, including updates about next steps, visit nmsu.edu/president-search.

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