NMSU names Oblinger a finalist

October 27, 2009 8:22:35 PM PDT
New Mexico State University has announced the names of five finalists who hope to become the school's next president.Presidential search committee chairman Del Archuleta submitted the search committee's recommendations to the Board of Regents at a special meeting Tuesday on the Las Cruces campus.

The finalists include Barbara Couture, D.A., senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Richard Herman, Ph.D., special assistant to the president, professor, recently chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; James Oblinger, Ph.D., professor, recently chancellor, North Carolina State University; Michael Ortiz, Ph.D., president, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Lisa Rossbacher, Ph.D., president, Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga.

Oblinger resigned his chancellorship in June after e-mails surfaced that showed he played a larger role than previously thought in the hiring of former North Carolina first lady Mary Easley.

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Search committee members, aided by a search firm, made more than 420 contacts, reviewed detailed information on about 60 individuals and interviewed 18 candidates.

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