Northern New Mexico College

Northern New Mexico College



Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) Board of Regents (Board) seeks a passionate and driven President, who is committed to providing quality education and community services to all. The President will be responsible for academic leadership, strategic planning, continuous improvement, and the administration of academic, personnel, fiscal and policies of the College.

Reporting to the Board and serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the College, the President will work with students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members, business and industry leaders, legislators and policy makers, student government, union leadership, tribal nations, to work together for the good of the College. Operating in a diverse community, the President will engage, collaborate, and be accessible to all college constituents, internal and external. The President should possess qualities including ethical integrity, cultural sensitivity, mutual respect, transparency, excellent communication and interpersonal skills (multilingual in Spanish or Indigenous languages preferred), passion and commitment to higher education, and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education. A terminal degree (Ed.D., Ph.D., MFA, J.D., M.D., etc.)
  • A minimum of 10 years of successful leadership in complex organizations, preferably a higher education setting, including at least 5 years in a senior leadership role.

The most successful candidate is:

  • A skilled communicator. Strong communicator with excellent interpersonal skills. Collaborative, and able to establish community partnerships.
  • A visionary Leader. Visionary, transformational, heart-centered leader and champion for public higher education.
  • An effective decision maker. Flexible and courageous in a dynamic environment. Able to manage crises. Embodies an entrepreneurial approach to problem solving.
  • A mentor. Able to mentor colleagues and students.
  • A fiscal Steward. Experienced in financial management and resource development, including advocacy and working with external constituents.
  • Politically adept. Navigates the political landscape in diverse communities. Practices principles of continuous improvement.


 Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) has served the rural communities of northern New Mexico for over a century. Since opening its doors in 1909 as the Spanish American Normal School in El Rito, NM, the College has provided open admissions and affordable access to quality academic programs that meet the educational, economic and cultural needs of the region. Northern New Mexico has a rich history and diverse cultures, and NNMC has strong ties to its Hispanic heritage and Native American people.

Now one of the state’s four regional comprehensive institutions, with its main campus in Española, NM, 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, radiation protection and nursing. NNMC’s bachelor’s programs are the most affordable in the Southwest.

 In addition, 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. The College has built strong partnerships with Los Alamos National Laboratory and local K-12 schools.

NNMC Regents are appointed by the Governor and institutional funding is provided by the New Mexico Legislature.

NNMC’s Española campus is located just 25 miles north of Santa Fe, NM, in a beautiful setting, with sweeping vistas of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains. The area is a central hub to extraordinary historical sites and world-class recreational locations for hiking, fishing, and skiing. The El Rito campus, 32 miles north of Española, has equally enchanting views of the northern New Mexico mountains. 


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NNMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce.