ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The acting and then interim president of the University of New Mexico will return to his former post as the new president enters the office.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Chaouki Abdallah will return to his job as university provost when Garnett Stokes assumes the presidency Thursday.

The university honored Abdallah for his contributions in the top role with a reception Monday. The regents also recognized his work by officially naming him the 22nd university president earlier this month.

The board of regents selected Abdallah to take over the presidency after former university President Bob Frank left the position in December 2016.

Abdallah says he is happy to return to "the heart of the university," a role that he considers to be possibly the most vital.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal,