Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Former Regent Knew Rael's Past.(Journal North)

Byline: Angela Turner Journal Staff Writer

A former New Mexico Highlands University regent who was a member of the boards that approved the hiring of Selimo Rael as finance chief and later as president says he knew Rael had battled depression and received a settlement payment from his previous employer.

But Tom Keesing said Rael came with strong references and, in the beginning, brought the university from a financial deficit to a surplus.

"When I was there, he did a good job," Keesing said. "He did good things for the university."

Rael was hired first as NMHU's vice president for finance and administration, then as interim president and finally as president in 1995. …

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