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Mesalands Community College Selects New President

After an extensive search process, the Mesalands Community College Board of Trustees unanimously selected Dr. Gregory Todd Busch as President of Mesalands Community College.

The selection process narrowed a vast array of candidates to six finalists. Those finalists were vetted through online community forums, Faculty & Staff question and answer sessions, surveys, and in-depth background checks to select the very best fit for Mesalands Community College and the community of Tucumcari. 

Dr. Busch boasts an exemplary history of accolades, appointments, experience, and accomplishments. Dr. Busch stated he and his wife, Professor Mary Beth, are very excited to move to Quay county and work with the community of Tucumcari. “My wife joins me in sharing how excited we are in moving to Quay county and working with such a wonderful school in so many ways. . . We look forward to becoming involved in the community and working together with this board and our community partners to increase student success and help move the College forward in the twenty-first century and build upon the success, the many successes, that we have had over the last several years. Thank you for this opportunity and we are very excited to be joining you.”

Dr. Busch comes with nearly 40 years’ experience as a chief executive officer in the private, public, nonprofit sectors and, with more than 20 years, in higher education leadership and administration.  He is a community college alum and a scholar, researcher, author, a seasoned culturally-inclusive community college leader, and recognized local, state, national, and international authority on student success, access, and community college leadership.

Throughout his community college experience he has served as an adjunct instructor, full time assistant professor (recognized three times as Professor of the Year, twice recipient of Distinguished Professorships, and ranked among the top 2000 professors worldwide by Cambridge University), discipline coordinator, program coordinator, dean of academic and student affairs (two institutions), lead for accreditation and strategic enrollment management, chief diversity officer (three institutions), dean for articulation and transfer, dean of the honors college (two institutions), chief academic officer, vice president for instruction, vice president for dual enrollment, vice president for guided pathways, and an elected member of the board of trustees of a community college. 

He is a national leader of educational reform having led statewide initiatives to improve student success, access, reduce student debt, and close the equity gap for minority students.