Former UF dean named president of University of New Mexico
Published: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 5:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 5:43 p.m.
A former University of Florida dean has been named the new president of the University of New Mexico, the UNM board of regents announced Wednesday.
Robert G. Frank, a UNM alumnus, will take office in June, according to a UNM media release, and was selected after a 6-month search by a 29-member committee that included regents, faculty, students, staff and alumni.
Between 1995 and March 2007, Frank was the dean of UF’s College of Public Health and Health Professions. He left UF to become the provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Kent State University in Ohio and had been at Kent State since July 2007.
While at UF, Frank oversaw a number of changes at the college, including the addition of “public health” to its title and an expansion of its focus and curriculum to include agricultural bioterrorism, health care access and the public policy and social needs of Florida’s older residents.
Frank is a graduate of Mayfield High School in Las Cruces, according to the UNM media release, and received three degrees from UNM. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in 1974 and a Master of Arts in 1977, both in psychology. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology in 1979. He is the first UNM president to hold three degrees from the university, according to the release. He and his wife, Janet, have two children, Daniel, 26, and Brian, 23.
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