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Eastern New Mexico University - President

Portales, NM

Job Description

Eastern New Mexico University invites nominations, expressions of interest and applications for candidates to serve as its tenth president.

Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) is New Mexico's largest regional comprehensive university, offering more than 60 associate, bachelor's and master's programs. Dedicated to a student-focused mission, ENMU is comprised of three campuses: a four-year campus in Portales and two-year campuses in Roswell and Ruidoso. Portales, home to its main campus, is a rural, agricultural community with an authentic Southwestern, small town culture, located 11 miles from Cannon Air Force Base and 20 miles from the Texas border. 

While peer institutions compete for students and financial resources, ENMU has had a long history of success in both areas. The institution has seen a steady increase in enrollment over the last 15 years with a 95% student satisfaction rate. As a result of its strong relationship with the state legislature, ENMU has been able to invest over $120 million in infrastructure improvements in the last 10 years. In addition to a robust student body and well-maintained campus, it offers the fourth lowest tuition rate in the southwest region. With these successes and its teaching-centered mission, ENMU has earned an unwaveringly positive reputation among its peers. 

The president of Eastern New Mexico University reports to a five-member Board of Regents, including four community members and a current student, all appointed by the Governor of New Mexico. The incoming president should be committed to nurturing existing relationships with elected officials and prepared to foster new connections as an advocate of the university. ENMU will look to its next president to generate new streams of revenue from non-traditional funding sources, philanthropy and innovative partnerships. Although ENMU is on solid financial footing, like most public institutions, state financial support is in decline. She or he should be fiscally conservative and have strong budget management skills. Furthermore, the president should be strongly committed to the institution’s identity as a historically Hispanic-serving institution, with a majority of its students being first-generation. She or he should understand how to meet the needs of its diverse student body with ongoing attention and focus on student success, enrollment management and innovative programming in an effort to increase student retention and improve graduate rates. She or he should serve as an accessible and inclusive leader and foster ties with its community members, local businesses and neighboring military base. Central to these relationships is the visibility and presence of the president, both on and off-campus. The university seeks a candidate who will be actively engaged in and has an appreciation for a rural, close knit environment and Southwestern culture.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by February 1, 2017. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile and the names and contact information of five references. Candidate confidentiality will be respected and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Inquiries and application materials should be sent via email to the search consultants, Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Sophie Stava and Suzanne Teer of Witt/Kieffer, at Questions may also be directed to the consultants through the office of Eden Stroud at 630-575-6154.


ENMU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected status in its programs, activities or employment. People seeking additional information about the University's non-discrimination policy should contact the Affirmative Action Officer at (575) 562-2991. Individuals with disabilities requesting an accommodation can call the office of human resources at (575) 562-2115.

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