Highlands University Regents Renew President Fries’ Contract for Three Years
The New Mexico Highlands University Board of Regents renewed President Jim Fries’ contract for three years.
The regents voted unanimously at their July 26 public meeting to renew his contract at his current salary. Fries has served as president since January 2007.
“In my opinion, Dr. Fries has done an effective job with upgrading and improving both the academics and management of the university during his tenure,” said Leveo Sanchez, chair of the Board of Regents. “We are headed to even more improvements, and we feel that Dr. Fries will lead the university in a strong, positive direction.
“There’s also a strong sense of stability at the university, replacing the tension and concerns that existed prior to Dr. Fries coming on board,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez added that under Fries’ watch the university has made significant progress with capital construction projects that enhance the university’s ability to serve its students, and the citizens of Las Vegas.
Some examples of capital projects include the new residence hall that opened in 2009, and major remodeling projects for the Lora Shields Science Building and the Felix Martinez Building, which now provides a one-stop shop for student services. In addition, the university recently broke ground for a new student center.
“It’s the leadership of our Board of Regents, the professionalism of our faculty and staff, and the efforts and talents of our students that make it such a joy and privilege to be part of Highlands,” said Fries. “I’m very grateful for this opportunity to continue to serve the university as president, and look forward to continuing our forward momentum.”