President's Biography

Dr. Katharine Winograd has been serving as CNM's president since 2007.
Kathie Winograd

Dr. Katharine W. Winograd

Dr. Katharine W. Winograd was elected as the Central New Mexico Community College president by the CNM Governing Board with a unanimous 7-0 vote. She officially became president of the state’s leading community college and largest higher education institution in New Mexico in terms of enrollment on July 1, 2007.

Dr. Winograd is the first female president of the college, which serves more than 28,000 students at five campuses, the Workforce Training Center and the Advanced Technology Center in the Albuquerque-Rio Rancho metro area.

Before being elevated to president, Dr. Winograd was vice president for the Planning and Budget division, where she provided exceptional leadership in upholding and advancing CNM’s strong reputation for fiscal responsibility.

She is a highly respected leader in the New Mexico higher education community and a strong proponent for student success, educational reform, educational collaboration and building stronger partnerships with business and community organizations.

Dr. Winograd started her educational career in Kentucky. From 1980 through 1996 she was a participant and leader in Kentucky’s educational reform efforts while working at the Kentucky Council on Higher Education (1980-83), the University of Louisville (1983-95) and Fayette County Public Schools (1995-96). Her most significant interest is “P-20” educational initiatives, which comprehensively address the entire educational system from pre-kindergarten through graduate school. Dr. Winograd believes that P-20 initiatives bring together all levels of education to improve the success of students and raise the effectiveness of the entire educational system.

Within the first two months of her presidency, Dr. Winograd led CNM into a memorandum of agreement with the University of New Mexico that set the stage for a new era of higher education in New Mexico. In harmony with the P-20 model, students will be able to simultaneously access services from both of the institutions through a wide variety of initiatives and streamlined processes aimed at increasing pathways for student success. The agreement emphasizes student success, rather than institutional success, as priority No. 1.

In recognition of this historical New Mexico higher education breakthrough, Dr. Winograd and UNM President David Schmidly were jointly honored with the Olympic Spirit of Collaboration Award from Special Olympics New Mexico for their “exemplary leadership through innovative collaboration.”

Dr. Winograd serves on the board of directors for the New Mexico Independent Community Colleges, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Central New Mexico and the University of New Mexico Alumni Association.

Dr. Winograd began her tenure at CNM in 1997 as the institutional planning and research officer. She served as executive officer for the department of Planning, Budget and Institutional Research from 2001-2005 before being promoted to vice president for planning and budget. Other experience in New Mexico includes special assistant to the dean of the College of Education at the University of New Mexico (1996-97).

Dr. Winograd earned her doctor of education degree in educational leadership from UNM, a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Louisville and she earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and therapeutic recreation from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky.

Dr. Winograd’s husband, Peter Winograd, is the director of the Office of Education Accountability at the Department of Finance and Administration for the state of New Mexico.