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President McCleery to Retire in 2016

President McCleery to Retire in 2016 photo 6/25/2015 9:58:44 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. Dr. Steve McCleery, president of New Mexico Junior College, has announced his retirement from the college next year, effective July 2016. 

“This has been a very difficult decision for me, but it’s time - both personally and professionally,” says McCleery.  “I want to enjoy my grandchildren and family, and get to know my wife Lynda again.  I have been so proud of the staff and faculty who give so much to this campus and to our students.”

“Steve McCleery has been an exceptional President,” says Pat Chappelle, Chair of the Board of New Mexico Junior College. “During his tenure the college has expanded and grown exponentially to meet the needs of Southeastern New Mexico.  One of his greatest achievements was the implementation of the Strategic Master Plan and the Facilities Master Plan, two documents that have helped us as we make decisions about the future of New Mexico Junior College. ”

“Dr. McCleery has the ability to make students, staff and faculty feel welcome,” states Ron Black, Secretary of the board and former NMJC faculty member. “His gift of walking through campus just to say hello to everyone, and his skill of listening and making people feel they are important, are talents that will be hard to replace.  I know the board will be carefully looking at someone with these qualities.”

McCleery has been meeting with the college’s board to outline a timeline for his retirement and to create a smooth transition.  The board will be making decisions as to the next steps in searching for a President.

McCleery has been president of NMJC for 17 years, and has been with the college since 1984, eventually serving as Director of Athletics, then Dean of Arts and Sciences.  McCleery is the fifth President in the college’s 50-year history.

New Mexico Junior College is a comprehensive community college promoting success through learning.


Attachment: letter from Board Chair, Pat Chappelle


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