November 3, 2009. Retrieved online November 3, 2009 from Amanda L. Husson, Las Cruces Sun-News
LCSN Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of five stories profiling the finalists in the New Mexico State University presidential search.
LAS CRUCES – Richard Herman, the first of five finalists in the New Mexico State University presidential search to visit the campus, admits that he’s had a rough five months.
Having resigned his post last month as chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign amid an admissions scandal in which the university was accused of giving special attention to politically connected candidates, Herman acknowledged that he made a mistake by not walking away from what he characterized as a culture of political influence that predated him.
“You have to think about the trail of a decision,” Herman said Monday during a news conference at NMSU. “Here it led to something that was not transparent to the community.”
Herman said he hoped to be judged, not just on the accusations, but on the fullness of his record: His work to diversify the faculty and the student body, reach out to the community and increase research funding.
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