By Margaret McKinney
When Highlands President Jim Fries took the helm in January 2007, the university was embroiled in turmoil that attracted national attention. He is credited with restoring stability to Highlands and reclaiming its reputation as a leading New Mexico university.
Fries also served as interim president in 2001-02 during a period of fiscal challenges. He steps down June 30 to retire.
Regents are planning to vote on a replacement for Fries during a special meeting at 10 a.m. on June 29 at Kennedy Hall.