Eastern New Mexico University announced today that Dr. Paul Weir has been appointed as director of athletics. Weir, who most recently served as the head men's basketball coach at the University of New Mexico (UNM), will officially start on July 19, 2021.
"This great state of New Mexico has given me a personal and professional life one can only dream of. For the past 14 years, I have had the pleasure of serving at two incredible state institutions and I am humbled by being provided the opportunity at a third," Weir said. "To be able to segue into a key leadership position at the third-largest four-year university in New Mexico could not have come at a more perfect time and place in my life."
With nearly 20 years of NCAA men's basketball coaching experience, Weir possesses the proven ability to lead through his success as the first head coach in history to coach at both New Mexico State University (NMSU) and UNM. In addition to his coaching background, Weir comes to ENMU with a substantial academic career as he holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership Administration and a master's in business administration both from NMSU, as well as master's degrees from Northwestern State University and the University of Iowa. He is currently an adjunct faculty member for UNM's Anderson School of Management.
"Dr. Weir brings wide knowledge of New Mexico, athletics, operations, fundraising and community partnerships to his new role at Eastern," ENMU President Patrice Caldwell said. "His educational background also makes him uniquely able to inform strategic planning efforts for Athletics and for the University."
Weir will be joined at ENMU by his wife, Alma, and their two sons, Theodore (6) and Noah (3).
An introductory press conference will be held on Wednesday, July 21 at 2 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Campus Union (CUB) at ENMU-Portales.
About ENMU Athletics
ENMU is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division II level and is a member of the highly competitive Lone Star Conference (LSC). ENMU's Greyhounds compete in 13 NCAA II sports (six men's sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, indoor/outdoor track & field; and seven women's sports: basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, indoor/outdoor track & field, volleyball). In addition, ENMU offers men's and women's rodeo teams that compete in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA). For more information about ENMU Athletics, visit GoEasternAthletics.com.
About Eastern New Mexico University
For 87 years, Eastern New Mexico University has provided an engaging learning environment using current technology to provide a rich educational experience to prepare students for careers and advance study, promoted citizenship and leadership skills and values, supported excellence in teaching and research and empowered students to respond to a rapidly changing world. ENMU emphasizes liberal arts education, freedom of inquiry, cultural diversity and whole student life. Scholarship, both primary and applied, cultural enrichment, and professional service are also important contributions of the University community. ENMU serves students of traditional-age, adult learners and organizations through undergraduate and graduate programs. For more information about Eastern New Mexico University, visit enmu.edu.