August 3, 2018 – Albuquerque attorney Greg Williams specializes in open government cases. He also has a son who is about to start at UNM and expected to play soccer at the university. The UNM Board of Regents vote in July to cut four sports at the university, including soccer. At least two complaints have been filed about how the regents handled communication with the public and allege they violated the state Open Meetings Act. Williams stopped by this week to share his personal and professional reactions to the regents’ decision.
July 20, 2018 – The University of New Mexico Board of Regents voted this week to kill four sports programs in order to plug a roughly 2 million dollar a year budget hole. The affected programs include men’s soccer, women’s beach volleyball, and the men’s and women’s ski teams. New Athletic Director Eddie Nuñez was tasked with coming up with a plan to bring the department’s budget in line, and he sat down with correspondent Khalil Ekulona days before making his recommendation and the ensuing Regents’ vote. They discussed all the factors that play into the university’s dilemma, from rising travel costs that weren’t matched with additional funding to the need to also address noncompliance with the federal civil rights law Title IX.
Here’s the broadcast interview that aired this week on NMiF:
And the full interview recorded in the studios of New Mexico PBS
The full Board of Regents Meeting and the Subsequent Press Conference by Director of Athletics Eddie Nuñez and UNM President Garnett Stokes