NMSU provost takes over duties of president
Posted at: 09/27/2012 7:51 AM
| Updated at: 09/27/2012 5:30 PM
By: The Associated Press
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The executive vice president and provost at New Mexico State University is assuming the administrative duties of the college's president.
The university confirmed earlier this week that President Barbara Couture is on an unspecified leave of absence. That set off a flurry of speculation on the Las Cruces campus, but the New Mexico Board of Regents won't say why Couture is off the job.
The university issued a statement Wednesday saying provost Wendy K. Wilkins is assuming Couture's administrative duties.
NMSU Regent Chairman Mike Cheney tells the Las Cruces Sun-News they'll say why Couture is out as soon as legally possible.
Criticism of Couture and the university in recent months has included a struggling athletics program and a nursing program at Dona Ana Community College that was denied accreditation.
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