LCSN: NMSU presidential search: Oblinger stresses continuity, addresses graduate students’ concerns

November 17, 2009. Retrieved online November 17, 2009 from Amanda L. Husson, Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES – Jim Oblinger responded to concerns about support for graduate students, continuity of leadership and fundraising during the final candidate forum for students in the New Mexico State University presidential search.

Oblinger, the former chancellor at North Carolina State University, who resigned in June following questions about the hiring of then-first lady Mary Easley at the university, was at NMSU on Monday.

Continuity is something he would bring to NMSU, Oblinger told the few students who attended the forum and others who watched a Webcast and submitted questions online.

Oblinger cited his long tenure at NCSU – he’s been in administrative positions there for 23 years – and his commitment to the land-grant mission.

“I’m a product of the land-grant system,” Oblinger said.

Prompted to share how he’d help graduate students, Oblinger described a graduate student supplement plan in place at North Carolina State that provides financial support to students, as well as professional development workshops that he said helped prepare students to deal with situations once they leave the university.

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