NMSU President and former Gov. Garrey Carruthers said the effort stems from the university’s recent experience hiring a new athletics director.
He said several qualified candidates pulled out of the running when they knew their names could be made public.
“We wanted to see if we could get some kind of relief where, much like for the presidents of universities, you have to provide to the public five finalists but up to that point you can keep it confidential as you go through the vetting process,” Carruthers said in a telephone interview. “But it’s pretty clear to me that, for certain jobs, it has a very dampening effect on getting a pool together.”
Jamie Koch, current UNM regent and the former New Mexico legislator who sponsored both IPRA and the Open Meetings Act, said, “I don’t think anything they’re recommending should be done, period.”
“I would say maybe it needs to be toughened and not weakened,” Koch said.