PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — The head of Eastern New Mexico University System is stepping down.

University officials announced over the weekend that Chancellor and ENMU-Portales President Dr. Jeff Elwell is not extending his contract.

Elwell notified the ENMU Board of Regents that his tenure will end June 30, 2021.

He says he wanted to give early notice so the board has plenty of time to search for a successor.

Elwell is credited with furthering unity between all three campuses of the ENMU system through his “One Eastern” plan.

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