President's Report - January 2007

Jan 01, 2007

Meet the CNM Presidential Finalists

The general public is invited to meet the six finalists for the College’s presidency when each candidate attends a two-day campus visit that includes open forums. The public is encouraged to engage the finalists with questions during the open forums and submit a participant evaluation form. The finalists and their campus visit dates are: Allan M. Hoffman, vice president for instruction at Hartnell College in California, Jan. 10-11; Marc A. Nigliazzo, president of Temple College in Texas, Jan. 16-17; Katharine W. Winograd, CNM vice president for planning and budget, Jan. 22-23; Diann Schindler, CEO of higher education consulting corporation Schindler and Associates in Florida, Jan. 24-25; Debra S. Daniels, vice president for academics and student services at Polk Community College in Florida, Jan. 29-30; and Phillip Bustos, CNM vice president for student services, Jan. 31-Feb. 1. On the first day of the candidates’ visits, they will attend open forums at the Montoya Campus from 1:30-2:30 p.m., at the Westside Campus from 3:15-4 p.m. and at Main Campus from 4:30-6 p.m. On the second day of the candidates’ visits, they will attend an open forum at the South Valley Campus from 10-11 a.m. The CNM Governing Board plans to name the College’s fifth president in late February or early March.

Candidates Declare for Governing Board Elections

Voters will go to the polls on Feb. 6 to elect CNM Governing Board members to four-year terms in Districts 2, 4 and 6. The only contested race will be in District 6. The candidates, listed in ballot position, are:

District 2 (the Southeast and Northeast Heights, east of Eubank and north to Comanche, including the East Mountain area)

  • John B. Mondragon (unopposed), a retired Albuquerque Public Schools administrator and former University of New Mexico faculty member.

District 4 (the South Valley and Southeast Heights, east to Eubank)

  • Carmie Lynn Toulouse (unopposed incumbent), a retired bureau chief for the New Mexico Human Services Department who has served on the CNM Governing Board since 1999.

District 6 (the near Northeast Heights and North Valley, including Corrales)

  • Penelope Holbrook (incumbent), a retired director of Community Corrections Inc., a contract agency that assisted people reintegrating into the community from prison. She became a board member in 1999.
  • Max Cisneros, who recently retired as a longtime CNM faculty member.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day. For more election information, call the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office at (505) 468-1290.

CNM Prepares for 2007 Legislature

When the 2007 State Legislature convenes on Jan. 16, CNM and its higher education counterparts will be seeking the continuance of full formula funding from the state, as well as funding for a compensation increase of five percent for higher education employees, inflation adjustments for utilities and group health insurance, and improvements to facilities. CNM will also pursue funding for its popular and highly successful TAX HELP New Mexico program. The 33-year-old program – which is used as a national model by the IRS – has been funded to date by CNM and private donations. A statewide expansion started three years ago. Last year, the program provided 26,513 people around the state with valuable tax preparation help, preparing free returns for senior citizens and individuals earning less than $37,000 annually. The returns, which help boost the state’s economy, resulted in $20 million in tax refunds last year.

CNM Foundation Director Receives Prestigious Fellowship

Robin Brulé, executive director of the CNM Foundation, is one of 14 people nationwide to receive the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s prestigious Children and Family Fellowship. More than 400 people applied for the 18-month fellowship. The candidates were narrowed to 150 and then 32 before Brulé went through a three-day interview process. The fellowship is considered one of the highest career achievements a non-profit executive director can attain. It’s also the first time a person from New Mexico has received the fellowship, which has been in existence for 10 years. Brulé’s work on CNM’s progressive and groundbreaking Center for Working Families program, which links low-income students with various academic and financial support systems, helped earn her the fellowship. According to the Casey Foundation, “the fellowship explicitly strives to increase the pool of visionary leaders with the courage and competency to create supports and systems that help families… and to lead and sustain major system reforms and community-building initiatives that benefit large numbers of children and families.” Brulé will participate in nationwide summits and meet with government officials and community leaders around the country to further the missions of the fellowship.

New Dean of Students Featured in Newspaper

Rudy Garcia, CNM’s new dean of students, was featured as the centerpiece story in the People section of the Dec. 29 edition of the Albuquerque Journal. The story, which is accompanied by photographs of Garcia, highlights his various awards for community service, his unique brand of leadership as dean of students and his devotion to developing more community-minded college graduates through the highly successful Experiential Learning department that he created at CNM in 1999.


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Michael J. Glennon