CEO Weekly Brief

January 19, 2018

Yesterday was a special day as I had the privilege of introducing the UNM-Gallup campus to Dr. Garrett Stokes, the incoming UNM president. I was honored to be the first of the four branch CEO’s to meet with Dr. Stokes and provide her with some facts and figures on our campus. It was great meeting her and finding that she clearly understands the workings of branch campuses. I look forward to working with her when she begins on March 1. Please see the link below to the information I provided to Dr. Stokes about UNM-Gallup.

The elected UNM-Gallup Local Advisory Board will convene for their next regular meeting this Tuesday, January 23 at 1:00 p.m. in the CEO’s Conference Room. Board meetings are open to all and give attendees the opportunity to see how board members are updated and advised on the financial, programmatic and operational aspects of the campus. New business items for the January 23rd meeting include:

  • Prioritizing programs and services
  • Enrollment and management strategies
  • Dual and Concurrent programs


With the first week of the semester winding down, it has been wonderful seeing the campus once again bustling and full of activity. As I mentioned last week, my hat goes off to our Student Affairs team for the great onboarding process of New Student Orientation. It is fantastic seeing all our students, new and returning, making a commitment to improve their lives through education. I applaud the efforts made by all of our UNM-Gallup teams who welcome and support students and help them with their campus engagement both in and out of the classroom.



I have asked for the Faculty Assembly Long Range Planning Committee to meet with our Institutional Researcher to start planning for a refresh of our strategic plan. This is a very important and necessary step in using a democratic and evidence-driven process to determine the forward direction of UNM-Gallup. Thanks to John Zimmerman for chairing this committee.

John Zimmerman

John Zimmerman, Chair
Faculty Assembly Long Range Planning Committee

Many thanks to UNM-Gallup Faculty Assembly Senators Antoinette Abeyta and John Burke who represent UNM-Gallup on the UNM Faculty Senate. Dr. Abeyta’s term will expire at the end of this semester and I support Faculty Assembly President Robert Galin in his insistence on a democratic and transparent process to replace her. When UNM Faculty Senate asked for the name of a replacement by a time that pre-dated the next Faculty Assembly meeting, President Galin requested an extension so as to allow for full faculty participation in making the selection. I agree that calling a special session to meet the deadline would not have allowed all faculty members the chance to nominate and vote on this important position.


Dr. Antoinette Abeyta,
Outgoing UNM-G Senator on UNM Faculty Senate


I would like to take this time to recognize the importance of staff members on our campus. Our employees at UNM-Gallup are our greatest assets and I cannot thank you enough for all that you do. I’ve witnessed many instances this first week of classes where staff members have stopped whatever they were doing to assist students. This dedication to customer service is the reason many of students come to UNM-Gallup – and why they stay. I realize that the value of commited employees cannot be replaced, so thank you for all that you do!

Don’t forget our Campus Kudos program – if you see someone doing a great job, let us know! Access the form at:

Kudos card


At their meeting this week, the UNM Board of Regents approved the use of $2 million for the construction of our new Physical Plant building. Director of Student Affairs Jayme McMahon and Advisory Board Chairman Ralph Richards accompanied me to the meeting where we were able to provide information to the Regents as to the purpose and need for the new building. Regent Rob Doughty suggested that the next Board of Regents meeting take place on our Gallup campus which hasn’t happened in recent memory. This is a huge compliment to UNM-G! The Regents will travel to Gallup on Tuesday, February 13th to conduct their regular meeting.

Please see the link to the memorandum of the Regents regarding the funding, and the architect’s rendering of the Physical Plant building below:

Physical Plant

Senator Carlos Cisneros introduced Senate bill 94 this week at the New Mexico State Legislature which calls for the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds to make capital expenditures in the state. Included in the bill are hundreds of proposed GO bond projects for this year and UNM-Gallup is on the list for $2.5 million to plan, design, equip and furnish a Center for Career and Technical Education. In a November election, the citizens of McKinley County will be asked to vote on the project. A link to the bill is below – the listing of state projects begins on page 7, and the UNM project is on page 27.

2018 GOBond legislation