Last month on July 19th the UNM Board of Regents named the members of the presidential search committee. Those they named are revealing about the power structure of UNM.
Here is the list of members of the search committee, obtained from the Daily Lobo :
On the Presidential Search Committee:
James Linnell, College of Fine Arts
Nancy Ridenour, College of Nursing
Jane Slaughter – History and committee vice chair
Barbara McCrady – Psychology
Tim Ross – Engineering and Faculty Senate President
Antoinette Sedillo Lopez – Law
David Gonzales – Internal Medicine
Tim Castillo – Architecture and Planning
Cedric Page – UNM-Los Alamos
Paul Krebs – Athletics
Andrew Cullen – Planning, Budget and Analysis
Pam Agoyo – American Indian Student Services
Scott Carreathers – African American Student Services
Mary Clark -Staff Council
Katie Richardson – GPSA president
Jaymie Roybal – ASUNM president
Sandra Begay-Campbell – former UNM regent, alumna and Foundation Board member
Mary Torres – Albuquerque attorney
Randy Briggs – WNMU regent president
Gig Brummell – alumnus and Sandia Foundation vice chair
Sherman McCorkle – Sandia Science and Technology Park board chair
Robert Rosebrough – alumnus and former Gallup mayor
David Seely – Kirtland Federal Credit Union president
Pat Rogers – alumnus and Albuquerque attorney.
First of all it includes three of the Regents and two deans, disproportionate to its place with the other groups represented. Don Chalmers of course is a car salesman, owner of many car dealerships, Fortner is regent president, and then there is Jamie Koch.
Jamie Koch is known for getting an overwhelming 98 percent vote of no confidence by the faculty back in 2009. My experience of him a few years before is that he is a certifiable asshole. Being an insurance salesman this is expected. He was also chair of the state Democratic Party, being its major fundraiser, which very likely confirmed his nomination to the regents by then governor Richardson. Regents are usually appointed based on patronage rather than qualifications. He also had to step aside as regents president due to his being a total dick to everyone at the university .
Back when his reappointment was being considered by the Legislature, many students, staff and faculty spoke out against him. Here’s a report by another blog:
“University Honors Program Associate Professor Ursula Shepherd, above right, is the Faculty Governance Committee Chair. She spoke about the Koch no confidence vote of 492-7 taken a year ago which contends represented a schism between the Medical school and the main campus. She asked for the faculty that had come to speak, but didn’t, to stand.
The Immediate Past President of the Staff Council Loyola Chastain, below left, just retired as a staff employee at the Anderson School of Management said the Koch had no leadership abilities. She accused Koch of allowing a hostile work environment by letting other regents berate and bully faculty members who called for the following of established policies in administrative pay raises. She pointed out that David Harris was hired on a sole source hire for $140,000 without a search process freezing out long time university workers who might have been qualified for the position.
“In my most humble opinion regents in this day and age are selected simply to pay back political favors for elected officials, in this case, the governor,” Chastain said. “There was a time when regents were selected not for who they knew or who they helped get elected, but for what they knew.”
I would like to know when there was a time when regents were selected for what they know rather than who they know. They have always been from the state elite.
Despite his reputation Koch is on the presidential search committee.
A comment from the Lobo website above gives more on the other committee members:
Right you are, Prof! Koch should not have anything to do with a presidential search ever again, considering the great job he did last time.
And why on earth is Krebs listed under “staff?” Krebs is an administrator, a VP directly under Schmidly for cryin’ out loud.
I am so sure that he will represent the concerns of the rank-and-file staff like me: Last week it was revealed in the ABQ Journal that $4,000 in cash went missing from a file cabinet in the basketball dept, but Krebs never even filed a police report because it was such a small amount. And his old pal Koch backed him up on this.
Oh yeah, they really get it
For the “community” members, it is revealing also. In another search, then regent president Larry Willard responded in question to lack of community members on the search committee, “we are the community – the business community.” As now as of then, that is the community that is represented.
First up is Sandra Begay-Campbell, herself a former regent. Then there is another university president, a chair of the Sandia Foundation, a former Gallup mayor, the president of Kirtland Federal Credit Union, two high profile attorneys, and Sherman McCorkle of Science and Technology Park and longtime power broker in New Mexico economic development. This is a very elite “community” membership. Pretty typical of New Mexico politics.
Stay tuned for more developments.