Office of the Provost

The Office of the Provost is responsible for all aspects of the academic mission, including instruction, student services, and academic and student services personnel. My name is Ivan Lopez Hurtado and I became the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs on January 16, 2017, after serving as Interim Provost since July 1, 2016.

The Office of the Provost collaborates with its associated units to provide an exceptional educational experience through high-quality academic programs that serve our diverse students, faculty, staff, and community. We also support and facilitate the development of the college's academic programs in instruction, scholarly activities, and service. Finally, we strive to create a campus community that welcomes a diversity of viewpoints, backgrounds, and experiences.


The Office of the Provost provides leadership in the management, evaluation, and continuous improvement of a wide range of academic programs that exist under the Department of Arts, Film, and Media; Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Sciences; Department of Business Administration; Department of Education; Department of Engineering and Technology; Department of Humanities and Social Sciences; Department of Language and Letters; Department of Math and Physical Science; and the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences.  Similarly, the Office of the Provost oversees some units that support the academic mission and those include CASSA (Title V); Continuing Education; Distance Education; Institutional Assessment; Institutional Research; Grants and Sponsored Programs; Library; and the Registrar.

In order to provide a holistic approach to student success, the Office of the Provost oversees the Assistant Provost for Student Affairs who is responsible for all student services including Admissions, Adult Education Program, College Assistance Migrant Program, Financial Aid, High School Equivalency Program, Student Recruitment, Student Success and the Upward Bound Program.

Through these services, the Office of the Provost is ultimately dedicated to attracting, retaining, and graduating students from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and providing them with an excellence learning experience through academic programs and to generate graduates prepared to contribute to the economic development, cultural enrichment, and quality of life of the region.  It is the mission of the Office of the Provost to drive innovation, quality, and to assure that Northern continues to meet the regional educational challenges.


If you are considering attending Northern New Mexico College, please visit our campus and discover firsthand the wonderful educational opportunities we offer.

If there is any way that I can assist you, please feel free to contact me either by email or by calling me.

Ivan Lopez Hurtado, PhD
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

News from the Provost

Choose us for our value, our quality degree and continuing education programs in diverse areas of study, our experienced faculty, and NORTHERN provides students with unique opportunities for academic, personal and professional growth. “You will have personalized attention, something difficult to get at larger colleges. We provide strong hands-on experiences from day one.” –Dr. Ivan Lopez, Dean, College of Engineering & Technology
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.