The University of New Mexico’s Interim President Chaouki Abdallah is shaking up the traditional town hall format.

Abdallah will be responding to questions from his Twitter account @chaoukita from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday. Those looking to get answers can submit questions using the hashtag #AskUNMPres.

The social media effort follows two in-person town hall meetings held earlier this semester which focused largely on his push to “re-engineer” UNM. Last year, Abdallah conducted several in-person town hall meetings where he addressed hot button issues, including the recent budget cuts and free speech.

Abdallah hopes using social media will allow for more community engagement and campus participation.

“I wanted to try something new, and this town hall gives me another medium to connect and engage with the campus community,” he said.

Brendon Gray is a beat reporter for the Daily Lobo. He primarily covers ASUNM. He can be contacted at or on Twitter