Regents meeting may reveal NMSU president's fate

Oct 1, 2012

Monday's meeting of the New Mexico Board of Regents may end a week of speculation as to why the president of one of the state's major universities is on leave.

New Mexico State University President Barbara Couture has been on leave since early last week. Couture's unexpected absence and the silence it has brought from the Regents stoked speculation on the Las Cruces campus and criticism about an apparent lack of transparency.

Board members have told the media that they will discuss Couture at a public meeting on Monday.

The state board meets in executive session to discuss "limited personnel matters and threatened or pending litigation" at 1 p.m. at the Las Cruces campus. They'll follow with a public session where they may explain what's happening with Couture.