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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
Reflecting on five years as president of University of New Mexico, David Schmidly tells how UNM came through tough times with minimal side effects.
he University of New Mexico (UNM) has become a treasure to the “land of enchantment.” With its main campus at Albuquerque and five other campuses throughout the state, UNM has impacted the welfare of its communities through improved healthcare, a commitment to sustainability and a steadfast determination to increase diversity at its institution. But above all, it has ensured it provides a first-rate education to its students.
Throughout the last five years, as the school experienced the same stubbornly depressed economy as the rest of the nation’s schools – in fact, UNM lost 25 percent of its state funding during this period – the university has tightened its belt to retain these signature identifiers that make it a crucial contributor to New Mexico. “In the last five years, we have accomplished a lot and we now have the largest enrollment in the history of the institution,” former President David Schmidly says. Schmidly stepped down from president on June 1 and will resume his educational career as a UNM professor – which always has been his long-term career plan. Robert G. Frank stepped in as the permanent president and undoubtedly will lead the university through new initiatives and continue to grow current initiatives, some which were born during Schmidly’s presidency.
Mixing Things Up
One of those initiatives is the school’s effort to diversifying faculty and staff. Though UNM resides in a minority-majority state and is itself a minority-majority school with a “sizeable and vibrant Hispanic and Native American population,” according to Schmidly, it was not always evident in the school’s leadership positions. “We are a Hispanic Serving Institution, and if you take this one ethnic group, they represent 50 percent or more of the university,” Schmidly says. “We have always been very diverse from the student perspective, but not as diverse from the faculty perspective and the administrative perspective. It was an all-white male operation when I got here, but I decided we
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