COLUMBIA, Mo. - The MU Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Garnett S. Stokes, has been appointed as the new president for the University of New Mexico (UNM).
According to an official MU press release, the UNM Board of Regents unanimously selected Dr. Stokes for the position.
Dr. Stokes will be the 22nd president of UNM.
“Garnett Stokes is an exemplary leader who has made positive contributions to our culture that will impact Mizzou for years to come,” MU Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright said. “I am delighted for her personally, but I will miss the opportunity to continue to work with Dr. Stokes so closely. Among her many accomplishments at Mizzou, Dr. Stokes led a very complex budgeting process this summer, established the university’s Office of Civil Rights and Title IX, and has hired nine of our 12 deans. She excels at finding the right leaders for critical positions—individuals who are academically very strong but also a good fit for the institution and committed to student success. Garnett is a smart, capable leader who will be a great asset to The University of New Mexico. I wish her all the best.”
“I have been privileged to serve Mizzou for nearly three years as provost and executive vice chancellor,” MU Provost Garnett Stokes said. “This is a great university with a very promising future, and it is a pleasure working with the new leadership team, but I have a wonderful opportunity to serve as President of the flagship public research university in New Mexico, and yesterday I signed the contract accepting the position. I won’t start there untilMarch 1, and I have much to accomplish here before I leave. When I go, I will take with me the memories of unforgettable colleagues at Mizzou who are committed to serving the needs of our campus community and the citizens of Missouri, and who have deeply enriched my life. Thank you.”
Dr. Stokes started working at MU in Feb. 2015. She also helped create the Civil Rights and Title IX Office.