University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Chief Executive Officer Dr. Cynthia Rooney (left) presents a gift of pottery to UNM President Garnett Stokes Wednesday evening during a reception in Los Alamos. Barbara Yarnell, who is a faculty member in art studio-ceramics and a division chair overseeing various degree programs at UNM-LA, made the pottery piece.
UNM president lauds importance of Los Alamos branch

Tony Hillerman novels once inspired Garnett Stokes to load up a popup camper and head out on a spring break trip to Los Alamos.

Wednesday it was her new job as president of the University of New Mexico that brought her back to the Secret City, where she made a visit to the campus of the university’s Los Alamos branch the first stop on her inaugural statewide listening tour.

“This campus is really important to the University of New Mexico,” said Stokes, who took over as UNM president on March 1. “It’s in a key location in the state, they are able to help facilitate our relationships in this area of the state and facilitate economic development. I’m especially pleased that we are able to serve the students in this region with our branch campus here.”

Dr. Cynthia Rooney, chief executive officer of UNM-LA, called it “an absolute privilege” to have Stokes visit the campus.