President's Report - February 2007

Feb 01, 2007

CNM Prepares to Select New President

The next president of Central New Mexico Community College is expected to be announced at the Feb. 20, 2007, Governing Board meeting. Six finalists underwent a thorough two-day interview process, which included tours and public forums at each campus. The Governing Board took into consideration comments on the finalists from the public, CNM employees and students. The Board is charged with selecting just the fifth president for the 41-year-old institution. The two internal presidential finalists are Phillip A. Bustos, vice president for student services, and Katharine W. Winograd, vice president for planning and budget. The four external finalists are: Debra S. Daniels, vice president for academics and student services at Polk Community College in Winter Haven, Fla.; Allan M. Hoffman, vice president for instruction at Hartnell College in Salinas, Calif.; Marc A. Nigliazzo, president of Temple College in Temple, Texas; and Diann Schindler, CEO of higher education consulting corporation Schindler and Associates.

Governing Board Welcoming a New Member

John B. Mondragon will be sworn in as the only new member of the CNM Governing Board during the Board’s regular monthly meeting on March 20. Mondragon – an education consultant, part-time professor at New Mexico Highlands University and Professor Emeritus at the University of New Mexico – will be the College’s District 2 representative. Mondragon also taught English-as-a-Second-Language courses at CNM in the 1970s. In the Feb. 6 CNM Governing Board elections, he ran unopposed as Janet W. Saiers, who was elected to the Board in 2003, declined to run for re-election. Incumbent Penny Holbrook, who has served on the Board since 1999, narrowly edged Max Cisneros Jr. for the District 6 seat. Incumbent Carmie Lynn Toulouse ran unopposed for her District 4 seat. Toulouse was also elected to the Board in 1999.

CNM’s Turn at the Roundhouse

The annual “CNM Day” at the State Legislature will take place March 1. Holding to tradition, academic divisions will display their various offerings in the Roundhouse rotunda and culinary arts students will serve up breakfast for legislators. On their desks, lawmakers will also find chocolates prepared by baking students coupled with informational literature on CNM. Cosmetology students will provide their popular neck-and-shoulder massages in the House and Senate lounges. Finally, “care packages” with a stress-relief theme will be distributed to legislators to help them relax as the session enters its final weeks. The 2007 session ends March 16.

TAX HELP on the Way

CNM’s acclaimed TAX HELP New Mexico program will be providing free tax preparation help for senior citizens and those with household incomes of $39,000 or less through April 16. The program, which operates statewide, served 26,513 people last year and resulted in more than $20 million in tax refunds, which help boost the state’s economy. For more information on TAX HELP, call (505) 224-4TAX.

Student Earns Outstanding Honor

CNM student Tina Long has been named to the All-USA Community College New Mexico Academic Team. The distinction brings scholarship opportunities, which are sponsored by USA Today, the American Association of Community Colleges and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Long will be honored for her accomplishments on Feb. 21 at the State Legislature in Santa Fe, when she’ll be recognized in the House and/or Senate. Other activities for Long on Feb. 21 include: a tour of the Roundhouse; being recognized at an Education Committee meeting; being presented a medallion by Beverlee McClure, cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Higher Education Department; and attending a luncheon with New Mexico community colleges presidents.

Foundation Seeks Better Lines of Alumni Communication

The CNM Foundation is working to create a better alumni network in hopes of stimulating more alumni involvement with the College. The Foundation is welcoming tips on how to build on its list of alumni names and contact information. For those with suggestions, e-mail

Applied Technologies Gets New Leader

Diane Burke was recently hired as the new dean of CNM’s Applied Technologies Division. Burke, who earned her master’s degree from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management in Newark, N.J., was previously a management consultant for Burke & Associates in Albuquerque, where she consulted a variety of federal government, non-profit and private organizations since 1996. Previously, Burke worked as the director of domestic operations and director of public and private programs for the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. She also served as deputy director for the New Jersey Division of International Trade.

CNM Seeking to Expand Main Campus

CNM plans to approve its part of a proposed three-way deal that would allow the College to acquire 5.2 acres of land adjacent to Main Campus. The land, where the Heights Community Center baseball field is located, is currently owned by Albuquerque Public Schools, which leases it to the City of Albuquerque. To acquire the property, the deal calls for CNM to turn over eight acres of land on its Westside Campus to APS. To make up the difference in property values, CNM would develop the Westside property for APS by constructing three athletic fields and restroom facilities. CNM plans to build a new instructional facility on the Heights Community Center baseball field land if the deal is finalized.

ETC., Etc., etc.

Eugene Padilla, CNM associate vice president of enrollment management, was recently elected as the New Mexico Delegate At-Large for the College Board… Lee Carrillo, CNM director of financial aid and scholarship services, was elected as the New Mexico Delegate At-Large for the Southwestern Association of Financial Aid Administrators. He is also on the board of directors for the New Mexico Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.


Sincere Thanks for Supporting CNM,
Michael J. Glennon