NMSU names Oblinger a finalist

LAS CRUCES, N.M. 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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