UNM selects female president


For the first time in its history, The University of New Mexico has hired a female president to lead the institution.

Garnett S. Stokes was unanimously selected by the UNM board of regents to succeed interim president Chaouki Abdallah as the university’s 22nd president. Stokes officially takes the helm March 1, 2018 and has signed a five-year contract with the university.

“I am very excited about the recent selection of Garnett Stokes as the new president of the University of New Mexico,” said UNM-Taos CEO Patrick Valdez.

“I look forward to welcoming her to UNM-Taos and the Taos community.

Her experience working with community colleges and understanding their unique role in higher education should pave the way for a close working relationship. As the first female president in the 128 year history of the state’s flagship university, I applaud her appointment and wish her well in her tenure.”

While the university president is usually based in Albuquerque, UNM-Taos officials said they sometimes make trips to the branches and are looking forward to Stokes’ visit to Taos.