President's Report - June 2007

Jun 01, 2007

Farewell and Thanks

As you may know, I will be retiring as president of CNM on June 30, ending a 10-year term as the president of this great College. I feel very good about what has been accomplished during my tenure and it’s been a team effort all the way. I’ve been fortunate to have been surrounded by a first-rate collection of administrators and to have had such strong support from the CNM Governing Board and state legislators. I’m thankful for our outstanding faculty and staff, whose above-and-beyond efforts continue to reinforce the high level of respect and appreciation the College enjoys in our supportive communities. Perhaps most of all, I’m thankful for the opportunity I was given to be a leader at such an esteemed institution, which does so much profound good for its students and its community. It has been a true honor that I will always reflect upon with great pride. And my sincere support of this admirable College will continue in the years ahead.

New VP Named

Incoming president Kathie Winograd announced this month that Kathy Bercaw will be the new vice president for planning and budget, effective July 1.

“Ms. Bercaw’s impressive credentials and our first-hand knowledge of the leadership skills she has displayed since joining CNM in 2005 distinguished her from a field of excellent candidates,” Winograd said. “The proven skills and talents that she will bring to her new position will be of the utmost value to CNM. She will be an excellent addition to our first-rate team of vice presidents.”

Bercaw’s vast planning and budget experience in New Mexico includes stints as Interim Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Higher Education Department and Budget Director for Albuquerque Public Schools, where she developed and managed an $865 million budget. She also served as Director for Finance for the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education and was Director for Cooperative Education at the University of New Mexico. Since March 2006, she has served CNM as the Executive Director of Planning, Budget and Institutional Research. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in public administration from UNM.

Former CNM Student Becomes Dean

Dr. Sydney Gunthorpe, who began his college education at CNM in 1991, is CNM’s new dean of the School of Business & Information Technology. He was previously the associate dean of the School of Educational & Career Advancement. Gunthorpe, the first in his family to pursue a college education, earned an associate degree from CNM before heading to UNM to complete a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He later earned a master’s of education degree from UNM and a doctorate in educational administration from New Mexico State University.

GED Grads Don Caps and Gowns

CNM’s annual GED Graduation Ceremony – always an uplifting event for everybody in attendance – will take place on June 16 in the Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center. For years, CNM has turned out one of the state’s “largest high school graduating classes.”

More than 1,200 students earned their GEDs at CNM over the last year and 250 are expected to participate in the 20th annual event, which makes a formal high school graduation possible for many people who thought that opportunity had passed. A couple thousand supporters, including family and friends, will celebrate the achievements of the students, many of whom had to overcome significant obstacles along the way.

Two GED graduates will be featured as the keynote speakers – Cliff Lucero and Julie Moran. Lucero, who has overcome many personal pitfalls, currently has a 3.74 grade point average and is expected to graduate this summer with an associate degree in general studies. He is registered to attend UNM in the fall. Moran tried to pass the GED several times over a 13-year period before finally being diagnosed with narcolepsy, which affected her test-taking ability. She is now working on prerequisites to study speech pathology at CNM with plans to attend UNM.

ETC… Etc… etc…

Samantha Bousliman, director of development and alumni affairs for the CNM Foundation, will begin her new post as chief communications officer and executive assistant to the president on July 1, Kathie Winograd announced… A retirement party for Michael Glennon will be held on June 22 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the Student Services Center Food Court Plaza on Main Campus. Please join us in celebrating Michael’s tenure… Forty-nine employees who were deemed “outstanding” by students and colleagues were recently honored with Excellence Awards…

Donations Continue

CNM is grateful for the following donations to the Foundation:

  • $1,000 from Town & Country Animal Hospital for the Annie E. Casey Center for Working Families General Fund.
  • $1,500 from Woman’s Club of Albuquerque for the Woman’s Club of Albuquerque Nursing Scholarship.
  • $25,000 from Intel Corporation for Science and Technology Camps (RoboRAVE).
  • $2,750 from CSI Albuquerque Chapter for Architectural/Engineering Drafting Technology Scholarship.
  • $2,500 from Richard Barr for the Donna & Jack Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund.
  • $35,000 from Intel Corporation for Pre-Engineering Outreach Program.
  • $3,215 from Holtzbrink Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership for the English Department General Fund.


Have a Great Summer!
Michael J. Glennon