Cleveland High School soccer player Mariano Barreras, of Rio Rancho, holds up a sign July 19 supporting the University of New Mexico men’s soccer program, during the Board of Regents meeting in the Student Union, in Albuquerque. University of New Mexico President Garnett Stokes promised Monday to adopt further reforms amid an investigation into the school’s athletic program and criticism over how regents voted to cut some sports. Associated Press File Photo ALBUQUERQUE — The president of New Mexico’s flagship university promised Monday to adopt further reforms amid an investigation into the school’s athletic program and criticism over how regents voted to cut some sports.
In her first annual state of the university address, University of New Mexico President Garnett Stokes said she would work to make the school more transparent and pointed out that she has created a search committee to make hires for key administrative positions. The new administrators in finance and the school’s legal team will help guide improvements in transparency, she said.
But Stokes avoided directly mentioning the New Mexico Attorney General Office’s investigation into the school’s athletic program or the recent cutting of soccer.
She acknowledged, however, that the university “faces continuous scrutiny from many corners” and said she has learned a lot about New Mexico following a statewide tour.
Earlier this month, the attorney general’s office said the University of New Mexico sought to actively hide information from journalists seeking information about questionable spending by the athletics department and the contentious decision to cut some sports.
Assistant Attorney General Dylan K. Lange wrote in the report that the numerous violations centered on the state’s Open Meetings Act and the Inspection of Public Records Act.
In her first 200 days in office, Stokes also has wrestled with criticism from state lawmakers, city leaders and others for a decision to cut […]
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