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Public Forums to Help in Search for New College President

8/28/2015 11:41:46 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. Lea County residents are encouraged to attend one of three meetings to voice their opinions on the qualifications, requirements and skills needed for the hiring of the next President of New Mexico Junior College.  Dr. Steve McCleery, who has been President of the college for over 18 years, will be retiring effective July 2016.

The public forums will be Wednesday, September 16 in Watson Hall Auditorium on the college’s campus.  There are three separate times that the public can attend:  9:00am, 12noon and 6pm.

“We hope residents of Lea County will attend at least one of these times to let us know their thoughts for the next President of NMJC,” says Travis Glenn, Chairman of the Presidential Search Committee and a NMJC Board member. “It will be very hard to replace Dr. McCleery, so we want the public’s participation as we create a Presidential Profile to be advertised nationally.”

Besides Glenn, the Presidential Search Committee consists of two other board members, Zeak Williams and Manny Gomez.  Also on the committee are two community at-large members, Guy Kessner and Dwain Haynes, two NMJC professors Charlotte Schmitz and Terry Holloman, and NMJC director of administrative services Bill Morrill.

The NMJC Board has hired the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) as consultants to help them create a Presidential Profile, advertise the position nationally and vet all applications.  Applications will be held in the strictest confidence until the committee has decided the top five candidates, at which time they will be made public.

“Though we have hired ACCT, it will still be the Board’s responsibility to decide the next President,” says Board Chair Pat Chappelle. “We hope to have that decision made by February.”

More information about the upcoming public forums is available at NMJC’s website:

New Mexico Junior College is a comprehensive community college promoting success through learning.  The college is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

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