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Tech To Select New President Feb. 18

SOCORRO, N.M. February 8, 2016 – The Board of Regents is expected to announce the selection of the new president in open session Thursday, Feb. 18.  

New Mexico Tech hosted five candidates for the position of university president last week, Feb. 1 to 5. Each spent a full day on campus, meeting with students, faculty, staff, researchers and administrators.

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Two of the candidates – Dr. Nagi Naganathan of the University of Toledo and Dr. Steven Wells of the Desert Research Institute in Nevada – will return to campus on Friday, Feb. 12. The Board will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the third floor ballrooms of the Fidel Center. The public is welcome to attend the meeting.

Naganathan has been the Dean of Engineering at Toledo since 2000. He also served as interim president of the university for one year, 2014 to 2015. He first joined the Mechanical Engineering Department faculty at Toledo in 1986.

Wells has been the president of the Desert Research Institute since 1999. He had previously served as the graduate program director for the Department of Earth Science as the University of California-Riverside from 1991 to 1995. He also served on the faculty in the Department of Geology at the University of New Mexico from 1976 to 1991.

The university bids farewell to Dr. Daniel H. Lopez, who officially steps down June 30 after 23 years as president. Lopez started the Council of University Presidents and has served as its chairman since its inception. Not only is he the main lobbyist for New Mexico Tech, he has championed higher education statewide. Since taking the reins as president, Lopez helped double enrollment and Tech has secured more than $200 million in research funding.

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