May 7, 2010 by Alexia Severson NMSU Round Up
While classes are coming to an end, the search for the next New Mexico State University vice president/provost continues.
Associated Students of NMSU President, Travis Dulany, said this past year NMSU has seen a lot of change in the way of leadership roles on campus.
“In the last year we’ve hired a president, three dean positions, and we are going to hire a provost,” Dulany said.
Dulany said the provost is in charge of all academic affairs, such as grades, and individual class issues.
“The provost has the absolute last say,” Dulany said, “—That’s why a provost is important to students.”
Dulany said President Couture will be making her decision on which candidate will fill the position of vice president within the next few weeks, and that faculty/student opinions will be taken into consideration as part of the process.
“It can be time consuming but we’re grateful that it is, because they are taking their time to find the right person,” Dulany said.
Dulany also said the decision will not be easy, because all five candidates are already very highly regarded at their own university.
“None of these candidates have anything that would really hinder their ability to work here as far as I’m concerned,” Dulany said.
Dulany said, unfortunately, he was not able to attend as many of the student forums as he would have liked, but that he did watch several of them via webcast.
Dulany said several students have expressed their concerns about the provost search, but many students are also neutral about it since there have been so few controversies over vice presidents in the past.
“We’ve had pretty good popularity among our provosts,” Dulany said.
Dulany said in his opinion, whoever ends up getting the position of vice president, should focus on providing the best possible education for the state of New Mexico.
Dulany said students can submit feedback and watch the web casts of each candidate’s open forum on the NMSU Web site, at www.nmsu.edu/provostsearch/candidates.html.
Alexia Severson is a staff writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.