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.