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Five Final Candidates Selected for Northern President Position

Last Thursday, March 24, the Board of Regents at Northern New Mexico College narrowed a pool of twenty-five applicants down to five finalists for the position of President of the college: Richard J. Bailey, Jr., Ph.D., Catherine Martinez Berryhill, Ph.D., William Vincent Flores, Ph.D., Andres C. Salazar, Ph.D., and Domingo Sánchez, III. A brief profile can be found for each of the five candidates at the end of this article.

Before making its decision on the five finalists, the Board invited community input on the search criteria via a Presidential Search Community Forum hosted on Northern’s campus on Wednesday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m. About thirty-five community members attended the Community Forum. Additionally, advisory teams were set in place in December to assist the Board with various factors in its decision on a new president.

“Though ultimately this is a Board decision, input from the Advisory Team is being taken very seriously by the Board of Regents,” said Board President Rosario “Chayo” Garcia.

According to Dr. Prather, the application process itself was intentionally made challenging, so that only the most committed candidates would be expected to complete it within the time designated.

“We received ninety-nine requests for application packets and twenty-five application packages were turned in by the deadline,” Dr. Prather revealed.

A second Presidential Search Community Forum will be hosted by the Regents on April 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Center for the Arts auditorium to introduce the five presidential candidates and to hear their responses to questions from the audience.

Richard J. Bailey, Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. Bailey currently serves as the Dean of Students and a professor at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Air University on Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. Dr. Bailey also was Division Chief of Air Operations in Brunssum, Netherlands (2008–2011), political military affairs strategist for the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC (2006–2008), professor of political science at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado (2001–2003), and was a chief pilot, evaluator and instructor with the U.S. Air Force (1992–2003). Dr. Bailey received a master’s in international affairs from Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri) and a doctorate in government from Georgetown University.

Catherine Martinez Berryhill, Ph.D.,

Dr. Martinez Berryhill is currently Director of the Family Learning Center in Española and also works for Escala Educational Services in Santa Fe providing university and college faculty professional development. She served as Dean of the College of Education at Northern New Mexico College (2007–2012), as a Science Education Specialist at the Los Alamos National Laboratories (2001–2007), and as a coordinator specializing in grant writing and reporting for Northern New Mexico Community College (1996–2001). Dr. Martinez Berryhill received a master’s in secondary education and technology from the University of New Mexico (UNM) and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from New Mexico State University (NMSU). In addition to her administrative work, she has a wide range of experience teaching at the 7–12 grade level in northern New Mexico. With longstanding ties to this region, Dr. Martinez Berryhill graduated from high school in Española in 1967.

William Vincent Flores, Ph.D.

Dr. Flores is currently serving as Research Fellow at the Institute for Educational Policy Research and Evaluation at the College of Education at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. Prior to that he served as President of the University of Houston/Downtown Campus (UHD) from 2009–2016. UHD enrolls about 14,000 students with an average age of 28; 44% are Hispanic, 25% are African American; 53% are part-time students, 70% are first generation college students, and 60% are female. During his tenure as UHD President, Dr. Flores led many successful development initiatives (expanding online programs, international programs, and master’s programs), significant growth in student enrollment and first-year retention rates, and awards and recognition for UHD’s community engagement. Prior to his presidency at UHD, Dr. Flores served as Deputy Secretary for the New Mexico Higher Education Department (2007–2009), Executive Vice President and Provost (2001–2007) and Interim President and Provost (2003–2004) at New Mexico State University, and was Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and a professor of political science at California State University at Northridge (1996–2001). Dr. Flores received a master’s in political science from Stanford University and a doctorate in social theory and public policy also from Stanford.

Andres C. Salazar, Ph.D.

Dr. Salazar is currently a Research Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and worked before that as a professor in the School of Engineering and the Anderson School of Management at UNM from 2002–2007. He has also been actively involved in Northern New Mexico College where he served as Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies from 2008–2011, and Chair of the Computer and Engineering Technology Department (2007–2008). Dr. Salazar holds a master’s in electrical engineering from UNM, a doctorate in electrical engineering from Michigan State University, and later received a master’s in business administration from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Active in teaching, research, grants, campus and student service, and community service, Dr. Salazar has served with several boards and professional societies, including the American Electronics Association, NextGen Corp., the Regional Development Corporation of Santa Fe, and Mixbaal, Inc.

Domingo Sánchez, III

Sánchez is currently serving as Interim President at Northern New Mexico College while continuing his role as Vice President for Finance and Administration. He also owns Mpower Administrative Consultants where he is the chief consultant assisting nonprofit and governmental clients in establishing and maintaining financial management systems, controls and procedures. He was Deputy Secretary for Business Operations for the New Mexico Department of Transportation (2009–2010), Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration at New Mexico Highlands University (2006–2007), Executive Assistant to the President at Santa Fe Community College (1998–1999), County Manager for Santa Fe (1995–1998), and Executive Budget Analyst for the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration (1991–1993). Sánchez received an associates in electronic technology from New Mexico Highlands university, a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University, and has completed coursework toward a master’s in business administration at the College of Santa Fe.



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