President's Report - February 2009

Feb 01, 2009

Two New Governing Board Members Elected

At the March 10 Governing Board meeting, two new Board members – Debbi Moore and Michael DeWitte – will be sworn in to four-year terms. On Feb. 3, four Board seats were on the ballots. Two incumbent Board members – Robert Matteucci (District 1) and Blair Kaufman (District 5) – ran unopposed and will remain on the Board for four more years. In District 3, voters elected Moore over incumbent Jeff Armijo and challenger Nick Brennan. Armijo, who was first elected to the Board in 2003, will finish his current four-year term next month. In District 7, where longtime Board member Richard Barr chose not to run, DeWitte defeated challenger Jerry L. Scott.

  • Moore has been the president of the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce since 2002. She is a current member of the CNM Foundation Board and she was a member of the CNM Presidential Search Committee in 2007. She is also a member of the N.M. Small Business Development Center Advisory Board, the Sandoval County Juvenile Justice Board and the Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance.
  • DeWitte is employed as a senior manager/engineer for Sandia National Laboratories. He currently serves as chairman of the New Mexico Business Roundtable for Education Excellence, the APS Community Capital Advisory Commission and the Economic Forum Board. He’s also the vice chairman of the Board of Trustees for Presbyterian Central New Mexico (Hospitals and Medical Group).

CNM Sets New Record for Spring Enrollment

On Jan. 29, the spring term census date for full-term classes, 24,608 students were enrolled in college-credit courses at CNM, which sets a new spring term enrollment record. It’s also the second-highest all-time enrollment mark for CNM. The college set the all-time high in fall 2008 with a final count of 24,870 students. Spring 2009 enrollment is up 12 percent in terms of students and 14.4 percent in terms of student credit hours compared to spring 2008.

TAX HELP at New Mexico’s Service

CNM’s TAX HELP New Mexico – a free tax preparation service for those households earning $42000 or less and for those who are age 65 and older – is open for its 34th season with nearly 50 locations operating throughout the state. TAX HELP New Mexico volunteers, who are certified by the IRS, are trained to help taxpayers take advantage of tax credits, including the Earned income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. In 2008, TAX HELP served 25,000 customers and returned more than $21 million to the New Mexico economy. For more information, including locations and hours, call (505) 224-4TAX or visit

Groundbreakings to Make Major Impacts on CNM Landscape

The 106,500-square foot Student Resource Center broke ground on Main Campus on Jan. 27. The technology-rich building, which is much needed to meet the growing needs of students, will house the new library, tutoring services, the Office of Information Technology Services, instructional space, computer labs and a café. It will be the first new instructional building to go up on Main Campus since 1991. On Feb. 27, CNM will break ground on the first building of the new Rio Rancho Campus, which is located on 40 acres near the Rio Rancho City Center. Both the Student Resource Center and the Rio Rancho Campus building are scheduled to be completed in 2010 and are designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.

CNM, UNM Sign Another 2+2 to Benefit Students

CNM and University of New Mexico representatives signed agreements in January to help ease the transfer process for students studying art history and art studio. The signing marked the fifth “2+2” agreement between CNM and UNM. The 2+2 model allows students to attend CNM for the first two years of coursework for a bachelor’s degree in a particular field of study and then seamlessly move on to UNM for the final two years of coursework. More 2+2s between CNM and UNM are on the way.

CNM Hosts Civic Responsibility Workshop

An interactive workshop titled “Integrating Service Learning and Civic Responsibility into Curriculum” will be held at CNM on Feb. 27. The event is sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges and will explore ways to help faculty, staff and administrators prepare students for more effective involvement in our democratic society while examining the obligations of higher education institutions to produce more socially engaged citizens. Workshop facilitators include Dr. Rudy Garcia, CNM’s dean of students, and Fred Martinez, a faculty member and counselor at Richland College in Dallas, TX. For more info, call (505) 224-4342.

Next Montoya Campus Speaker Event Addresses Pay Equity

Julie Coburn, a CNM student, and Karolyn Glen Kaye, an American Association of University Women Pay Equity Trainer, will host the next Speaker Series forum – “Because Equity is Still an Issue” – on Feb. 19 in J-122 on the Montoya Campus. The presentation will address the pay gap between the genders.

Donations Continue

CNM is grateful for the following donations to the Foundation:

  • $5,000 from DSRM National Bank for the American Indian Education Foundation Grant
  • $25,000 from NM Educators Federal Credit Union for CNM Foundation Unrestricted Fund
  • $15,176 from NM Educators Federal Credit Union for Dual Enrollment support
  • $5,000 from NM Educators Federal Credit Union for Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
  • $1,000 from Sharla Reinhart for G.O. Bond support.


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd