Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Caldera Selected To Run UNM.(Final)

Byline: Olivier Uyttebrouck Journal Staff Writer

Regents' Decision Official May 13th

Louis Caldera says he would put aside some of his ambitions in business and politics to run the University of New Mexico.

UNM regents on Monday named the former Secretary of the Army as their first choice for UNM's top job. Contract negotiations will now begin, and the regents will take formal action next week.

If Caldera takes over, he would be UNM's first permanent Hispanic president.

"If Louis Caldera isn't qualified, who is?" Regent Mel Eaves said after the announcement.

Eaves and others said Caldera's "demonstrated leadership" as the Army's top civilian employee, a California legislator and vice chancellor for advancement of the California State University system made him the clear choice for UNM's top job.

"I'm delighted and very excited that we're moving in the direction toward a final decision on the 13th," Caldera said in a telephone interview Monday from his office in Long Beach, Calif. …

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