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Board of Regents

Term: 1.01.23 – 12.31.28

Michael was raised on the family ranch in El Rito. He is a graduate of Mesa Vista High School, 1976, and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Farm and Ranch Management from New Mexico State University in 1980.
He raises hay in El Rito.

Term: 3.2019 – 12.31.24

Erica Rita Velarde has a unique story. Ms. Velarde is a single mother of three and a first generation college graduate. She is a NM licensed Professional Engineer, receiving her BS in Mechanical Engineering from UNM, and an AA in Business Administration from Northern New Mexico College. She is employed as the Energy Engineer for the New Mexico General Services Department, Facilities Management Division, and is responsible for the implementation of both energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for over 700 facilities statewide. She is also the Public Co-chair for the NM Chapter of the Energy Services Coalition (ESC), and the Public Vice President for the National ESC Board of Directors.

Term: 3.2019 – 12.31.24

Porter Swentzell is from Santa Clara Pueblo, where he grew up participating in traditional life in his community and developed an interest in language and cultural preservation. He the Chair and Assistant Professor of Indigenous Liberal Studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts and serves on the boards of the Native American Advised Endowment Fund, and the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project. Porter holds a PhD in Justice Studies from Arizona State University, a MA in Interdisciplinary Studies with Concentrations in History and Political Science from Western New Mexico University and a BA in Integrated Studies with an Emphasis in Pueblo Indian Studies from Northern New Mexico College. He lives at Santa Clara Pueblo along with his fiancée and three children.

Term: 03.26.2021 – 12.31.2026

Ruben Archuleta was born and raised in Española, NM. He attended Española Valley High School and later Northern New Mexico College where he graduated with a degree in Radiological Sciences. He is the supervisor of the Radiology Department at Española Hospital and has been employed there for 26 years. He is also currently serving as the Vice President of the Española Public Schools Board of Education. Archuleta also serves as the President Elect for the National Hispanic Council of School Board Members and as a Board Member for the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO). Archuleta resides in Alcalde, NM with his wife and two children.

Term: 3.30.2023 –

Casandra Batista-Dauz is Northern's student regent. She is a first generation college student, born and raised in Española, New Mexico. Ms. Batista-Dauz graduated from Pojoaque Valley High school. She has a passion for helping others and believes education should be available to everyone who wants it. In her free time she enjoys working out or playing with her dog.

Northern offers over 50 bachelor's, associate and certificate programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math); Nursing and Health Sciences; Liberal Arts and Humanities; Arts, Film & Media; Business Administration; Teacher Education and Technical Trades.
Northern New Mexico College is the most affordable 4-year college in the Southwestern US. Choose us for our value, our quality degree and continuing education programs in diverse areas of study, and our experienced faculty. We provide students with unique opportunities for academic, personal, and professional growth, small class sizes, personalized attention, and strong hands-on experiences from day one.
The Northern Foundation remains committed to stimulate leadership, promote equity, and grow resources and philanthropy in the Española Valley and surrounding rural areas. Over the past twenty years, we have granted $1.3 million to support over 1,250 NNMC students.