July 10, 2018
The Board of Trustees of Mesalands Community College has appointed Dr. John D. Groesbeck as the next President of Mesalands Community College.
Dr. Groesbeck succeeds Dr. Thomas Newsom, who participated in his final Board of Trustees meeting in April.
“All five members of the Board of Trustees, felt Dr. Groesbeck was the best candidate for this College,” James Streetman, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Mesalands Community College said. “During his visit to campus, him and his wife (Janette) fell in love with Tucumcari and they could see the potential for growth for the College and for the community.”
The Board’s selection of Dr. Groesbeck caps a national search with the assistance of the Initial Presidential Screening Committee (IPS). The IPS Committee was composed of College staff and faculty, board members, and community representatives, who were charged with presenting candidates to the Board for consideration. Two finalists were then selected by the Board of Trustees to participate in extensive campus-wide interviews with faculty, staff, students, and the community.
“This is a great opportunity and it’s an honor to be here,” Dr. Groesbeck said. “I really enjoy this part of New Mexico. This region is one of the most spectacular, beautiful places within the state.”
Dr. Groesbeck is from North Ogden, UT. Dr. Groesbeck holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Utah State University, a Master’s Degree in Economics and Management from Utah State University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science/International Relations from Boise State University.
Dr. Groesbeck has over 20 years of experience in academics. He worked for both two-year colleges and universities that had a blended role of awarding associate’s through master’s degrees in New Mexico, Missouri, and Utah. During that same time, Dr. Groesbeck worked as a faculty member, earning the rank of tenured professor. He was also a director, department chair, and for 11 of his years working as a Dean of Colleges of Business, including the college at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.
While working in higher education as a faculty member and leader, Dr. Groesbeck has been active in outreach and consulting with local, state, and federal governments, as well as private organizations, regarding the financial feasibility and economic impacts of various projects. These projects included real estate development proposals, land-use and water-use policies. He worked on real options analysis, regarding grazing choices for cattle ranchers. He also developed curriculum for improved decision-making and financial literacy for a homeless shelter.
Dr. Groesbeck worked internationally representing higher education institutions to establish 2+2 and dual enrollment agreements and other programs leading to specialist, certificate, bachelor’s and master’s programs with foreign partner universities.
Prior to his career in higher education, Dr. Groesbeck worked as a financial analyst, a regional sales representative, and as a director for the Mainstreet USA project in Deming, NM.
For the last two years, Dr. Groesbeck has been an entrepreneur working on a business with his daughter. This business provides training and development and software, to assist other entrepreneurs in establishing independent lines of credit.
Dr. Groesbeck maintains work-life balance by building cars, working on houses, and helping others. He plays the guitar, enjoys golf, writes songs, snow skis, and loves motorcycles. Dr. Groesbeck is also married to his wife Janette, and they are parents of two grown children.
Dr. Groesbeck says he wants to first understand the needs of the College. He then plans on assessing what kind of new initiatives and programs to bring to Mesalands.
“I really look forward to working with administration, faculty and staff in building on campus enrollment. I also want to make sure we are doing the fundamentals very well, both in terms of the quality of student support systems and accessibility, but also in the kinds of programs we are offering,” said Dr. Groesbeck. “We need to make sure that we have right programs to attract and retain students here on campus, in order to stimulate on-campus enrollment.”
Dr. Groesbeck said another priority is to focus on the College’s reaccreditation through the Higher Learning Commission. He also wants to continue the success of the College.
“We are missionaries of hope! Mesalands Community College has been very successful in helping students succeed,” said Dr. Groesbeck. “I want to continue the good things that have been happening here and improve where we can. That will be good for everyone in this region.”
Dr. Groesbeck began his on-campus work on Monday, July 9 at Mesalands Community College.