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UNM’s Bob Frank Quits

UNM’s Bob Frank Quits

'It is with mixed emotions that I announce I have informed the Regents that I will not seek a second term' UNM President Bob Franks

UNM President to Leave May 31, 2017


UNM President Bob Frank has submitted his resignation to the school’s board of regents, effective May 31, 2017.

The letter, dated Sept. 23, cites no reason for his decision not to seek an extension of his contract.

“It is with mixed emotions that I announce I have informed the Regents that I will not seek a second term as President of the University of New Mexico,” he said.

He apparently will stay on at UNM in some other capacity.

Frank’s letter cited his accomplishments since his appointment in 2012.

The Daily Lobo, UNM’s student newspaper, reported that the regents will start the search for a new president no later than the spring of 2017. If a search is unsuccessful before Frank’s departure, an interim president will be appointed, according to a statement from UNM.




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  • NM
    September 23, 2016, 8:09 pm

    Guess when the state runs out of money, its time to move on.

  • Dick Howell
    September 23, 2016, 10:00 pm

    Frank was a quietly subversive participant in Martinez’s Machine. Along with the hand-picked Board of Regents, he devastated the HSC in an attempt to defeat the new hospital so desperately needed, especially by poorer New Mexicans. Once he saw that the deficit amount would be in the 10-15% range (not the 5% he put out recently), he knew it was time to split. There’s no way that he wanted the "stain" of chaos that will descend over UNM – that would make it harder to get another President’s job somewhere else. Frank is an angry, driven, manipulative man whose only real friend would be Donald Trump since he uses many of the same techniques.

  • Diane Jouppi
    September 24, 2016, 5:08 pm

    I believe that Frank will be moving on to another position at UNM where he will be paid the same amount as when he was President. It is rumored that Gov. Martinez wants to be the next President of UNM. We would have two former Republican Governors running our largest Universities.

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