Regents' Policies


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UNM Policy Office

MSC05 3357
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Scholes Hall
114 A and B

Phone: (505) 277-2069

Regents' Policy Manual - Section 3.3: Appointment and Termination of Key Administrators

Adopted Date: 09-12-1996
Amended: 12-14-2004
Amended: 12-14-2010
Amended: 03-14-2016


This policy applies to the appointment, dismissal, compensation, and contract amendment or non-renewal of all executive vice presidents, vice presidents, and the University Counsel.


In addition to following the applicable administrative policies and procedures, the President shall inform the Board of Regents prior to appointing, dismissing, setting compensation, and amending or not renewing the contract of all executive vice presidents, vice presidents, and the University Counsel. The President shall also inform the Board of Regents in connection with the appointment, termination, and compensation of other senior or key administrative positions as appropriate, depending on the circumstances surrounding the appointment, termination or change in compensation.  In the case of the Chancellor for Health Sciences, the President has authority to dismiss him or her only with the consent and approval of a majority of the Board of Regents.

With regard to the recruitment and hiring of all executive vice presidents, vice presidents, and the University Counsel, the following guidelines shall be observed, consistent with University policies and procedures:

  • A national search shall be conducted unless there are exceptional circumstances and the Regents have been consulted;
  • A broadly-representative search committee shall be used;
  • Finalists in a competitive process for the position shall participate in interviews which include an open forum on campus for the general University or Health Sciences Center, as the case may be, community and interested members of the public.


Employment Contracts, RPM 6.9.


The President shall adopt administrative policies and procedures for the recruitment and hiring of key administrative positions, including but not limited to the positions specified in this policy. Dismissal or contract non-renewal shall be in accordance with University policies and procedures.