The current chaos around Matt Chandler, who's confirmation was denied by the New Mexico Senate, and the subsequent resignation of that go either way political fund raising Regent Jaime Koch is intriguing. Why exactly did Koch feel he should resign? Was there some deal that he would garner support for the governor's good buddy and rightwing fundraiser Chandler? And when he failed he was told to resign? Well, we will never know. What a silly mess on everyone's part! And, what a peculiar system.
But the fact of the matter is that some serious thought and debate should be put into writing up qualifications for prospective Regents of all our higher ed institutions. Like maybe a few of them could have some experience dealing with faculties, students, research, and such? Not all regents, but at least half, maybe? Since the legislature has sent only one bill to the Governor since convening 53 days ago, the chance for any reform is about zero. Oh, the bill that was sent was to fund the work of the legislature.