New Mexico Tech has taken the next step in the search for a president. The job description has been published, and the window for applications is now open. The deadline to apply is Sept. 15.

After the search committee was appointed, it was determined that executive search firm Korn Ferry would be retained to conduct the search.

The multi-page document that was made public recently at is prefaced by a statement that explains the state law about “the latitude given to higher education institutions regarding public notice for presidential searches.” Applicants’ names will be confidential initially, and the Board of Regents pledges to “convey important developments along the way.”

In the final stages of the search, five finalists will be announced along with campus visits and forums that will be scheduled.

Linked from this statement under “Job Profile” is a seven-page document that outlines a detailed description of the many facets of the university, the themes of the 2027 Strategic Plan, and a list of experience, attributes and concerns the ideal candidate will hold.

The overview reads: “As the leading advocate of New Mexico Tech, the President will work tirelessly to promote the reputation of the institution, secure resources from public and private sources, and develop an outstanding executive team. This position requires excellent communication and interpersonal skills, decisive leadership, integrity, and an exceptional ability to connect with multiple constituencies. The qualified candidate has successfully led a complex organization, consistently demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, optimized opportunities for shared governance, and has experience in working successfully with external communities and government agencies.”

Among the many accomplishments and assets that might attract candidates, the document also describes life in Socorro.

“Socorro is home to a wide array of art, music, golfing, biking, hiking, rock hounding, rock climbing, and gallery hopping, as well as wildlife refuges, radio telescopes, a mineral museum, the university, historical mission church and an incredible performing arts series. With easy access to wilderness areas, Elephant Butte Lake and State Park, the VLA and beautiful Ruidoso, Socorro is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts with its temperate climate.”

New Mexico Tech expects candidates to have an earned doctorate, or terminal degree; extensive experience in managing a complex higher education organization at the executive level. The document also states that candidates with “non-traditional but comparable skill sets will be fully considered.”