Executive Vice President and Provost Hoffman withdraws candidacy for University of New Mexico president


ISU Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Hoffman speaks at a farewell reception for President Gregory Geoffroy on Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Memorial Union. The reception began with refreshments and chatter, followed by presentations and words of appreciation. “I am very proud of you,” said Geoffroy, speaking to the ISU community at large.

Aimee Burch

Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Hoffman has withdrawn her candidacy for the president position at the University of New Mexico, according to a statement.

Monica Sasse, assistant to the executive vice president and provost, sent a statement via email to the Iowa State Daily on Wednesday, Jan. 4., announcing that Hoffman, a candidate for the presidency position at the University of New Mexico, informed the University of New Mexico Board of Regents shortly before Christmas of her decision to withdraw her candidacy for the position.

In the statement, Hoffman said her decision came after careful consideration of what the position offered and her role here at Iowa State.

“It was an honor to be selected as one of the finalists to be president of the University of New Mexico,” Hoffman said in the statement. “I enjoyed my visit to the campus last month and the opportunity to talk with members of the board of regents and the faculty and staff.”

On Wednesday morning, the University of New Mexico Board of Regents announced its decision to appoint Kent State University Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Robert Frank to the post of university president.

ISU President Gregory Geoffroy and Vice President of Student Affairs Tom Hill were unavailable for comment Wednesday. The University of New Mexico Board of Regents could not be reached for comment.