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UNM president won't seek contract extension

KOB.com New Mexico
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April 22, 2011 AT 1:15 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - University of New Mexico President David Schmidly is stepping down. He will leave the UNM presidency at the end of his contract on June 1, 2012, saying he wants to spend more time with his family. Schmidly became president of the state's largest university in June 2007 after the Albuquerque school hired him away from Oklahoma State University. He was treated last year for a small abdominal tumor. UNM's executive vice president for Health Sciences, Dr. Paul Roth, served as acting university president for a semester until Schmidly could resume the job. Schmidly says his health is not an issue in his decision to leave. He says he's giving the university some 13 months' notice to give regents ample time to search for a new president (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)