Lawmakers propose to elect some university regents

January 30, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Voters could elect some members of the governing boards of New Mexico’s largest universities under a legislative proposal that supporters say will lessen the influence of politics over higher education.

Two constitutional amendments introduced in the House on Wednesday would overhaul the selection of boards of regents for public colleges and universities. The governor currently appoints regents and they serve staggered terms.

“The fact of the matter is in many cases our regent positions are treated as political plums,” said Rep. Jeff Steinborn, a Las Cruces Democrat who’s sponsoring the measures with other lawmakers.

University of New Mexico Regent Jamie Koch opposes revamping the current regent system.

“What they’re talking about doing here really keeps the governor from having the opportunity to make the changes in higher education that that governor might want to do,” said Koch, a Santa Fe Login to read more

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