Robert G. Frank
|21st President of|
The University of New Mexico
|Assumed office |
June 1, 2012
|Preceded by||David J. Schmidly|
|Alma mater||University of New Mexico|
Personal and early life
Frank graduated from Mayfield High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico and received three degrees from UNM. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in 1974 and an M.A. in 1977, both in Psychology. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1979. He is the first UNM President to hold three degrees from the University. He and his wife Janet have two children, Daniel, 29, and Brian, 27, as well as two dogs, Coach and Lobo.
Frank served as the Provost and Senior Vice President at Kent State University in Ohio. Before his tenure at Kent State University, he was the Dean of the College of Public Health and Health Professions in the University of Florida. On January 4, 2012 the University of New Mexico Board of Regents voted unanimously to name him their 21st President. He was officially inaugurated as the President on November 18, 2012. On December 7, 2016, the Board of Regents called a special meeting to discuss firing or suspending Frank for creating a hostile work environment with the Office of the President. Six days later, Frank threatened to sue the board for defamation on grounds that internal reports were "leaked" to the press. Later on the 13th, Frank and the Board of Regents reached an agreement wherein Frank would withdraw his threat and leave his position at the end of the month, a year before the end of his term. The then provost Chouki Abdallah was appointed as interim president.