I Was Right…Robert Frank Is The New UNM President

In a previous post (https://elloborojo.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/a-cursory-glance-at-the-unm-presidential-finalists-2011/) I bet that Robert Frank would be the new president of the University of New Mexico.  The combination of him not being a token minority, being from New Mexico, and being antagonistic to faculty, would be a winning combination for the Regents to be their CEO.  And lo and behold, I was right.

This Wednesday January 4, 2012 the Regents announced that they unanimously selected Robert Frank to be the new CEO President  of UNM (http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/education/unm-selects-new-president) .  Of course this also fulfills Frank’s own ambition of becoming a university president to end off his career.  The faculty are not too pleased, and they saw him as a bully when he was being interviewed at UNM, and his faculty at Kent State were not too pleased with his tenure there either.  But his authoritarian ways will seem to fit with the UNM Regents, who are used to undemocratic power over the institution.

It looks like Frank will be getting a lower salary than the previous president, who got nearly $600,000 in compensation.  Still his salary will be in the high six figures (http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2012/01/03/news/next-unm-president-could-earn-less.html).  This article discusses the role of the competitive marketplace for university presidents, the role of search firms in selecting presidential candidates, etc.  For readers of this blog (I know you’re out there) know that I have been covering the issue of university corporatization in several articles here, including the role of the presidential search, using case studies of the University of New Mexico presidential search.  Check out previous articles on this blog for my insights.

Unlikely Frank will change anything fundamentally at UNM.  As always we will cover any goings on here.  Also, send me feedback on the new president too.


About elloborojo

Okay, as the subtitle states, this is a notebook from what I call a New Mexico diaspora (look up diaspora if you are asking). I was a former resident of New Mexico, now living elsewhere, but New Mexico is still my homeland. To get more in touch with your homeland one must be away from it. This is my attempt to understand it. I was a former anti-militarism activist in the Albuquerque area. Still believe that United Snakes militarism is the greatest threat to the world, as do the majority of the worlds population. Uncovered much information about the ties in New Mexico, but never processed it all. This blog is an attempt to do that. Also hope it may come of use to others with similar interests.
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One Response to I Was Right…Robert Frank Is The New UNM President

  1. Pingback: Another Presidential Search at UNM in the Midst | El Lobo Rojo: Notes From A New Mexico Diaspora

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