Presidential candidate Guy Bailey interviews at NMSU

Presidential candidate Guy Bailey interviews at NMSU

POSTED: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 5:15pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 5:16pm

The second of five finalists for the president of New Mexico State University was introduced by the university Tuesday afternoon.

Dr. Guy Bailey spoke with media Wednesday morning.

"What I bring is a lot of experience," Bailey said.

Bailey has a strong resume having served in top administrative roles during his time at various universities throughout the country.

Most recently, Bailey served as president of Texas Tech University where he helped increase enrollment by 14 percent in 4 years.

Currently NMSU has seen a decline in students, but Bailey said that shouldn't be the case because of low tuition.

"Your tuition is among the lowest in the country and you can pay cheap tuition here and get a great education," Bailey said.

Bailey said recruiting in surrounding states will also play a key role in bringing those enrollment numbers up.

He said during his time at Texas Tech they would recruit heavily in New Mexico and said NMSU can do the same with Texas and Arizona.

"We'd also want to expand the recruiting nationally to places like Chicago," Bailey said.

Bailey said fundraising and building relationships with state legislators is a top priority for success.

He also believes having the university's finances in order is key and a business plan is fundamental.

By the end of the first year I'd like to have a pretty good idea for what we want to do with the business of the institution," he said.

During his meet and greet with the public Tuesday afternoon, Bailey touched on the importance of a strong athletics program that can also bring in more students.

He said there's good success in basketball and baseball, but football is the driving force at a university.

"I think there's an opportunity here to strengthen and make your football (program) competitive," Bailey said.

Bailey also served as president of the University of Alabama but stepped down after his wife became ill.

He said she is doing well now and they are both prepared to make Las Cruces their permanent home.

"I like to tell people I'm not looking for my first presidency, I've already had my first and second I'm looking for my last one," Bailey said.

The finalists are:

• David B. Ashley, Ph.D., Professor of Engineering and former President, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

• Guy Bailey, Ph.D., Professor of English and former President, University of Alabama and Texas Tech University

• Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D., Vice President for Economic Development and Dean, College of Business, New Mexico State University

• Daniel J. Howard, Ph.D., Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Integrative Biology, University of Colorado Denver

• Elsa A. Murano, Ph.D., Interim Director of the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, Professor and President Emerita, Texas A&M University

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