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ENMU narrows chancellor list to 5 finalists

PORTALES -- Eastern New Mexico University has narrowed its candidates for chancellor to five finalists, according to a university news release.

The Portales school did not name the finalists. The news release stated the finalists will be named Oct. 30, when their resumes will also be released.

The candidates’ names and resumes will be published Oct. 30 on the ENMU Presidential Search website at , the release stated.

ENMU’s assistant vice president of marketing and communications John Houser stated in the release that the university will schedule forums for the community, ENMU faculty and ENMU staff with each finalist. Those forums are scheduled Nov. 1-4 in the Golden Student Success Center in Portales.

“Each candidate will also be traveling to ENMU-Ruidoso and ENMU-Roswell to meet interested people of those campuses during their visit,”

ENMU Board of Regents President Lance Pyle stated in the release.

“We would like to thank the 18-member search committee for their hard work, long hours and dedication in vetting the candidates and providing the Board five highly qualified applicants to lead our University and System.”

The search for the successor to Patrice Caldwell produced 96 applicants, university officials have said.

Caldwell, ENMU’s 11th president, accepted the position in 2020 after the sudden departure of Jeff Elwell. She stated publicly she did not want the job on a permanent basis and is not believed to be among the finalists.

University officials have repeatedly declined to release names of the 96 applicants.

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