U. of New Mexico President Will Step Down Early

Robert G. Frank, president of the University of New Mexico, will leave office on December 31, five months early, the Associated Press reports.

News of his early departure followed an external investigation into whether Mr. Frank had created a hostile work environment at the university.

The university’s Board of Regents on Tuesday reached an agreement with Mr. Frank covering his stepping down. He will be on a paid professional-development leave of absence that will end when his original contract expires, on May 31, 2017. Then he will serve as director of the university’s Center for Innovation in Health and Education.

Mr. Frank’s new annual salary will be $190,000. Under a previous agreement Mr. Frank’s proposed salary for the health-education program was $350,000.

“The Board of Regents has determined it is in the best interest of UNM to bring a quick resolution to this matter that is both fair and doesn’t impede our ability to move forward as an institution and conduct a successful presidential search,” said Robert Doughty, the board’s president, in a written statement.

The board appointed Chaouki Abdallah, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, as acting president.

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