The Board of Trustees invites nominations and applications for the
first President of Southeast New Mexico College (SENMC). In 2021
the New Mexico state legislature passed a bill allowing the
Carlsbad campus of New Mexico State University to separate as an
college following overwhelmingly strong support from the community.
SENMC will retain its current facilities, with the expectation to
grow and expand the campus and the diversity of programs offered.
When the separation occurred from the University, the College
substantial funding to expand, and a local bond provides
approximately $14 million a year in operating revenue.
The first President of SENMC will have the opportunity to work
collaboratively with the newly elected Board of Trustees, faculty,
staff, students, and the community to establish educational and
administrative policies and practices that will best serve SENMC,
its students, and the
community. Initially established in 1950 as the Carlsbad
Instructional Center, SENMC has become a valued asset to the
community in providing affordable academic opportunities, career,
education. SENMC serves nearly 1,200 students each semester
throughout Eddy County and beyond. The President will serve an
integral role in the expansion of the College’s academic and
workforce programs in coordination with its accrediting body, the
Higher Learning Commission (HLC). SENMC exists in the major oil and
gas production and nuclear waste repository area of the Permian
Basin and is focused on developing a state-of-the-art Energy
program and facility. Additionally, in 2020 and 2021 we had the #1
ranked nursing program in New Mexico according
to RegisteredNursing.org. SENMC is committed to providing a
diverse, inclusive, and accessible learning environment for all
students. As a proud Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), the
student population is over 50% Hispanic or Latino. In 2016 SENMC
received over $4 million in federal funds to increase STEM program
accessibility for Hispanic and lower-income students, in addition
to advancing graduation rates among Hispanic or Latino students. In
2018 the College received another $2.7
million dollar grant from the Department of Education to fund an
HSI initiative titled Adelante, a program designed to improve
success and completion. The efforts demonstrate SENMC’s dedication
to pursuing high completion and transfer rates through action and
Following passage from the state legislature, New Mexico residents
will be able to attend public college tuition free as a commitment
to bridge educational accessibility. SENMC will serve as a guiding
example in this effort by implementing policies to increase student
access and engagement. Currently, the College serves as a leader in
the state on tuition costs, providing a tuition rate that is among
the lowest in both New Mexico and throughout the region.
SENMC is located in Carlsbad, the seat of Eddy County, which has
approximately 37,000 residents. The College maintains strong
partnerships with key employers, including the petroleum,
and nuclear industries. Both the state and county are committed to
the economic development of Carlsbad, as demonstrated by the
support and draw of business, tourists, and residents. The city
resides in the Chihuahua Desert and lies 260 miles southeast of
Albuquerque, New Mexico and 170 miles east of El Paso, Texas.
Within 60 miles of Carlsbad there are two national parks, the
Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the Guadalupe Mountains National
Park. In addition to the Caverns, Carlsbad is in close proximity to
Lincoln National Forest and also hosts the Living Desert Zoo and
Gardens State Park, Sitting Bull Falls, Brantley Lake State Park,
and the Pecos River, which runs through the heart of the town and
forms Lake Carlsbad.
SENMC is seeking its inaugural President to lead the College with
strategic vision with thoughtful collaboration, to secure its
reputation as a premier higher education institution within New
Challenges and Opportunities:
• Complete the transition from a from a branch college of NMSU to a
fully independent community college; increase student enrollment,
retention, and completion; grow degree and certificate offerings to
meet student and workforce needs.
• Elevate SENMC’s visibility to become the first-choice higher
education institution throughout the region.
• Build a strategic vision in collaboration with the Board of
Trustees and College employees.
• Develop policies and procedures that streamline business and
education processes and align with campus needs, including the
completion and full implementation of the ERP system.
• Establish dual enrollment programs, articulation and transfer
agreements, and other educational partnership opportunities.
• Expand the nursing program, allied health, and industrial
• Align partnerships with regional businesses and respond to the
changing needs of business and industry.
• Advance facilities and instructional technology to better meet
the needs of all students and employees.
• Create opportunities to attract and retain committed and
innovative faculty and staff.
• A mission-driven leader dedicated to open access education,
serving all students.
• A community-wide ambassador who will bridge relationships between
the community and college with innovation and openness.
• Excellent communicator who has the capacity to build and support
relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders, including
students and employees.
• An advocate and champion of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
(DEI) who creates a learning environment built on accessibility and
closing the equity gap.
• Understands the unique needs of serving a rural population.
• Accomplished financial manager with a strong record of aligning
budgets with strategic goals and managing resources
• An entrepreneurial fundraiser who had experience working with
foundations and philanthropic organizations.
• An advocate who has experience working with a state legislature
and government officials at local, state, and national
• Proficient knowledge and support in using current and emerging
• An educator who has experience working with K-12 districts and
developing articulation agreements and early college
• A unifier who has experience working with a governing
• A collaborative leader who builds consensus and seeks input from
• An approachable leader who fosters a deep sense of community and
encourages all employees to continuously focus on the College’s
mission and student success.
• A highly experienced higher education administrator who has
experience developing rigorous academic, workforce, and technical
• Master’s Required. An earned doctorate from a regionally
accredited institution is highly preferred.
• 5 – 10 years of progressive leadership experience in higher
• Strong experience leading regional accreditation.
• Proven track record of building community relationships.
How to Apply:
This is a confidential search process. To ensure full
consideration, application materials should be received no later
than August 9, 2022. The position will remain open until filled. To
apply go to http://www.acctsearches.org and
upload your documents.
Candidates will need to have the following information or materials
available to complete the application:
1. A letter of application (not to exceed 5 pages) th at succinctly
addresses the opportunities and challenges identified in the
Position Profile and demonstrates how the candidate’s experience
and professional qualifications prepare them to serve as the
President of Southeast New Mexico College.
2. A current resume including an email address and cellular
3. A list of eight references: example, two to three supervisors,
two to three direct reports, and two to three faculty and/or staff
members from current and former institutions.
For additional information, nominations or confidential inquiries
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