Monday, July 23, 2007

Buried in dirt

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Every new university president must feel like they are buried in dirt when they arrive and are faced with the myriad of problems piled up on their desk.

Dr. David J. Schmidly was appointed president Feb. 27, 2007 and by now should have uncovered the mess left on his new desk.

It must have been a surprise to him last week when his reserved parking spot was covered in dirt.

It was just another water main replacement around Scholes Hall. A few years back, a similar water main was replaced on the other side of the building.

The Sunday Albuquerque Journal, in a copyrighted story by Staff Writer Martin Salazar, detailed how UNM received funds that had been earmarked for other state educational institutions’ repairs. However, Gov. Bill Richardson used a line item veto to remove the repairs and gave the money to UNM.

Legislative Finance Committee Chairman State Senator John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, right, questioned the money movement and wondered aloud whether giving the earmarked funds to UNM might have helped in funding two recent highly paid cabinet positions.

I sure hope one of those institutions doesn’t spring a leak…

Welcome to UNM Dr. Schmidly.

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