Dear Colleague: Two months ago, on the eve of the supposedly tranquil days of summer, with one semester and three legislative sessions behind me and the 1985-86 budget virtually complete, the time seemed appropriate to share with you my diagnosis of the state of the University and the actions I had taken in light of that diagnosis. So I began to write this letter imagining that, by writing a section each evening, I would complete it in a matter of days. Then I discovered that for presidents of major universities, there is no summer. Problems and opportunities-as diverse as parking and the honors program-constantly leap off the wall demanding immediate attention. Over the past few years, too many issues have been left to languish without resolution. The consequent sense of decay, of the University as a ponderous, almost immobile creature, is too widespread to permit accumulated issues to be addressed gradually and sequentially. Rather, many must be confronted simultaneously across a broad front. That is why days collapse into weeks. Weeks become months. And there never seems to be enough time to do all that I want to do.
University of New Mexico
University of New Mexico Press
University of New Mexico. "Annual Report of the University, 1985-1986, Volumes 1-5." (1986). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/unm_annual_reports/57