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Regent’s remarks on University of New Mexico draws criticism

November 18, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A University of New Mexico regent’s public proclamation that the institution offers a poor “product” is drawing criticism.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Faculty Senate President Pamela Pyle denounced last week comments made by Tom Clifford who attacked the university’s failure to graduate a greater percentage of students.

Clifford’s comments came as the board questioned administrators about this fall’s unexpected 7.2 percent enrollment loss.

But Pyle called those comments an “endemic disrespect.”

Staff Council president Rob Burford says many employees are frustrated by what Clifford said.

And former UNM Regent Jack Fortner said Clifford’s harsh words were unconstructive and disparaging.

The University of New Mexico has struggled in recent years with declining enrollment, low pay for professors, and questions around spending in athletics.

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