Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Caldera Emerges As Top Presidential Pick.(Final)(Editorial)


It has the potential to be a historic selection. If nothing else, it clearly upends past conventions about prospective university presidents.

The selection of Louis Caldera, the 47-year-old former Army secretary, to lead the state's flagship institution of higher learning is probably not unexpected, but it is instructive.

The University of New Mexico regents' selection shows their inclination toward management and fund-raising skills over traditional scholarship. As the corporate world increasingly finds leadership and strategic vision more valuable than coming up through the company, universities may begin to emphasize the need to recruit can-do managers. …

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