- Associated Press - Thursday, June 28, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The University of New Mexico says its provost who also served as the school’s president for a short time this past year is leaving to become the Georgia Institute of Technology’s executive vice president for research.

Chaouki Abdallah leaves New Mexico after a 30-year career at UNM. He became interim president in January 2017, and served in the role until February of this year.

His tenure as the school’s top administrator included a high-profile and difficult period in which head football coach Bob Davie was suspended for 30 days following investigations into his program.

Abdallah returned to being provost after Garnett Stokes became president. The Board of Regent recognized Abdallah’s work by officially naming him UNM’s 22nd president, despite his temporary appointment.

Abdallah is a Georgia Institute of Technology alumnus.



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