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NNMC Presidential Search 2022

Northern New Mexico College Presidential Search

The NNMC Board of Regents extends an invitation to the following Community Forums to meet the finalist candidates for the position of president at Northern New Mexico College.
Anonymous feedback channels will be posted after each candidate's visit.

The Honorable Hector Balderas / Thursday, October 20, 2022
(Mr. Balderas' survey link closed on October 24, 2022.)

Dr. Bruno Hicks / Monday, October 31, 2022
(Dr. Hicks survey closed on November 3, 2022.)

Dr. Patricia Trujillo / Thursday, November 3, 2022
(Dr. Trujillo's survey closed on November 6, 2022)

Dr. E. Yueh-Ting "Y-T" Lee / Thursday, November 10, 2022
(Dr. Lee's survey closed on November 14, 2022)

Ground rules for the Community Forums: Given the short timeframe and the candidate's busy schedules, we ask for audience questions to be written on the note cards available and passed to the moderator.

Press contact: Please sign in at the press table upon arrival. Please also note that the best opportunity to speak with the candidates would be after their respective forums in Española.

Anonymous comments can be sent via the link below.
This link will stay open throughout the Presidential Search visits.


Dr. Richard A. Wueste, J.D.
AGB Presidential Search Consultant

Richard A. Wueste, J.D., has conducted over 75 searches for AGB Search, including 21 presidential searches. In assisting searches for presidents, provosts, and deans, he has enjoyed consistent success in filling executive-level positions with people who fit the needs of a wide array of institutions.

Read more about Dr. Wueste:

Prior to joining AGB Search in 2012, Mr. Wueste spent more than 25 years in higher education, serving as President of Adams State University, a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in rural Colorado; Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Heritage University, an HSI located on the Yakama Indian Reservation in rural Washington State; Assistant Vice President for Administrative Services and Treasurer of an auxiliary services corporation at Stony Brook University, a SUNY research university on Long Island, New York; and Administrator for University Services and Human Resources at the University of Wisconsin– Milwaukee, an urban research university.

During his academic career, Mr. Wueste established the ethics program for the Harriman School of Business at Stony Brook University and developed and taught courses in ethics, law, and leadership. He is the co-author of the academic book Human Resource Development in Changing Organizations. His reputation as an entrepreneurial leader is based on his success in developing and integrating new enterprises, diversifying income streams, and assisting universities in navigating evolving challenges. His direct administrative experience includes service as an executive in strategic planning; human resources and organizational design; procurement; advancement; student services; enrollment management; government, public, and community relations; delivery of offsite education services; auxiliary services; financial services; and risk management.

Mr. Wueste led the team that created the Mount Adams Health Foundation to help provide for the healthcare needs of underserved communities in rural Washington State, serving as founding chair and president. He has been active on the boards of a number of other public service and professional organizations.

Working as a management consultant, Mr. Wueste was President and CEO of three integrated consulting corporations engaged in economic development. He is of Hispanic origin and is a first- generation college graduate.

  • President, Fresno Pacific University – In Process
  • President/Dean, California Western School of Law
  • President, California Institute of Integral Studies
  • President, University of Guam
  • President, National University
  • President, Bay State College
  • President, Cuyahoga Community College – In Process

Search Profile & Call for Applications

The Board of Trustees and the Northern New Mexico College community invite nominations and applications for the position of President.

Northern New Mexico College is a public, regional, Hispanic and Native American-serving comprehensive institution. Its main campus, located in Española, NM, is approximately 25 miles north of Santa Fe with a second campus located in El Rito. NNMC serves approximately 1,200 students where it provides open and affordable access to quality academic programs that meet the changing educational, economic, and cultural needs of the region.

NNMC primarily serves rural communities from within a 40-mile radius of its main campus, including eight Native American Pueblos, in one of the most underserved areas in the state. The College is an open-admissions institution and offers the most affordable bachelor's programs in the Southwest, as well as other competitively priced programs.

One of the state's four regional comprehensive institutions, NNMC offers more than 50 bachelor's, associate, and certificate programs in arts & human sciences, film & digital media, biology and environmental science, business, education, engineering, liberal arts, and nursing. The College has reintroduced technical trades programs in electrical technology and plumbing, in partnership with two local unions and five public school districts, through its new co-located Branch Community College, the first of its kind in the state's history.

For additional information regarding the College and the desired qualifications and characteristics of the successful candidate, please visit: https://www.agbsearch.com/searches/president-northern-new-mexico-college


To assure best consideration, applications should be received by September 9, 2022. All nominations, inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in full confidence and remain confidential.

Nominations and applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to:

NorthernNewMexicoPresident@agbsearch.com and must include:

  • A Letter of Interest that responds to the Leadership "Challenges and Opportunities" and the "Qualifications & Qualities of the Next President" described in the profile;
  • A current CV or resume; and
  • The names and contact information (telephone number and e-mail address) for five references, none of whom will be contacted until a later stage of the search or without the formal permission of the candidate. All inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in confidence.


Richard Wueste, Executive Search Consultant, AGB Search richard.wueste@agbsearch.com / 540.431.5131

Northern New Mexico College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basic of race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, spousal affiliation, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, genetic information, citizenship and any other basis protected by law, in employment, admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities.

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.