Southeast New Mexico College looking for board of trustees candidates

Southeast New Mexico College (SENMC) is looking for candidates for the college’s board of trustees as it transitions from New Mexico State University (NMSU) Carlsbad to an independent college.

The board of trustees will be made of five elected members, one from each district in Carlsbad, according to Carlsbad Mayor’s Higher Education Task Force member and President and Chief Executive Officer of CNB Bank in Carlsbad Jay Jenkins.

Jenkins said SENMC’s districts will mirror Carlsbad Municipal School’s. 

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Jenkins said the task force sought people of all backgrounds to join and create a diverse board that will be able to make a difference in the college and the community. 

Interested candidates have until Aug. 24 to apply at the Eddy County Clerk’s office. The election will be held in November. 

Carlsbad School Board Districts

NMSU Carlsbad Interim President Dr. Andrew Nwanne said the election of a board will allow the community to be more involved in what the college does. 

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed House Bill 212 during the 2021 regular Legislative session earlier this year creating an avenue for local control of the college. 

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