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Presidential Search

The Board of Trustees of Mesalands Community College, accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, is conducting a nationwide search for a new president. The College seeks an experienced, dynamic, visionary, and enterprising leader, who will guide and set the stage for growth, stability, and service to a unique community college. Mesalands is located in a historic Route 66 community on the I-40 corridor with potential for continued success.

Mesalands Community College provides unique opportunities with immersive training complimented by its strategic location. The College is the authority on wind energy technology for the State of New Mexico boasting a wind turbine and housing a nacelle, on the ground, for hands-on training. The North American Wind Research and Training Center is a premier facility pushing the boundaries of renewable energy technology. The Paleontology program has produced a pristine world-renowned Dinosaur Museum, cultivating specimens from exclusive local dig sites.

Mesalands is New Mexico’s home to the Western Meat School—an innovative learning experience where ranchers, butchers, and others can learn how to direct market beef and lambs. Students receive immersive experiences in Agricultural Business and Direct to Market offerings, maintaining the traditions of the Southwest while advancing competitive business practices of the future. Other unique program offerings include: Farrier Science, Artistic Silversmithing, Fine Arts Bronze, and a nationally ranked Intercollegiate Rodeo Team. The College is fortunate to be led by a committed faculty and staff, producing high rates of student retention and success.

Over the last few years the College has experienced great success, being named by a national website as the No. 1 Community College in the State of New Mexico, as well as one of the nation’s most affordable community colleges. The College has experienced enrollment growth in eleven of the last twelve semesters, as one of the fastest growing two-year schools in the nation.

Mesalands Community College is situated in one of the most scenic and beautiful parts of eastern New Mexico. Tucumcari is nestled within farming and ranching communities at the crossroads of I-40 and U.S. 54. The enchanting ambience of Tucumcari is characterized by the scenic mesas, the high plains, and the legendary Tucumcari Mountain.  History and legend ranging from the prehistoric dinosaurs which once roamed this region, to the legendary demise of the warrior Tocum and Princess Kari, accentuate the allure of The Land of Enchantment.  Mesalands Community College is proud to be situated in an area full of history and legend, both of which provide opportunities for the College in its educational programs, as well as in its marketing.

The President must hold an earned Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration or a related field. The President must have adequate years of prior administrative experience at the Post-Secondary level.

Application and Nomination Process

Applicants must submit a current resume and cover letter. Review of applications will commence immediately. To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received no later than December 31, 2020. The position will remain open until filled. This is a confidential search process. Applications should be submitted electronically to: [email protected] or via the postal address below – Attn. Mr. James (Jim) Streetman, Presidential Search Chair. Included in this submission should be a cover letter, CV or resume and a list of five references with one being a supervisor, one being a peer, and one being a direct report (References will not be contacted without your permission), a completed Mesalands Community College Employment Application, and unofficial copies of college transcript.  More details on the application and nomination process are available here.

Nomination letters should include the contact information of the nominee. All nominations will be handled in strict confidence and should be sent to Mr. James (Jim) Streetman at [email protected] or at the address below.

Questions regarding this process can be directed to:

Mr. James (Jim) Streetman, Presidential Search Chair
Chair – Board of Trustees
Mesalands Community College
911 South Tenth Street
Tucumcari, New Mexico 88401
575-461-4413 ext. 108
[email protected]