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Incoming New Mexico governor looks to appoint regents

December 28, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham has more than a dozen university regent positions to fill and now she has a process for how she plans to get it done.

The Democrat on Friday announced that three advisory committees are interviewing prospective candidates and vetting the background of each. The committees then will offer recommendations to the incoming governor, who takes office Jan. 1.

The University of New Mexico, Northern New Mexico College, New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico State University and Western New Mexico University all have spots that will need to be filled.

Critics say the state’s system for appointing regents enables the governor to pack the universities’ governing boards with donors and friends.

The confirmation process in the Democrat-controlled Senate also has been politicized over the years.

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