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Central New Mexico Community College District 1

Central New Mexico Community College is the largest community college in New Mexico with an enrollment of more than 19,000 students. It offers associate degrees, professional certificates and training options. The seven member board is responsible for policies that govern all phases of the educational programs for CNM. Voters elect government board members from Bernalillo and portions of Sandoval County.

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Q1: What abilities do you have that qualify you for this office?

Q2: What is your top priority and how do you plan to address it?

Q3: What do you see as the biggest opportunities and challenges for CNM?

Q4: How do you see community college education changing to address student technology needs post-pandemic?

Q5: Should CNM focus more on skills based training rather than college credit degree programs?

Q6: Do you support free tuition for all students at community colleges? Why or why not?

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Having a 40+ years broadly based background in business and law, I have the capacity to analyze what works and what doesn't. I listen carefully and can work with others collaboratively to determine viable solutions. No one can predict the future accurately and all plans are subject to change as conditions change. I am used to taking these two fundamentals into account in my thinking. My critical thinking skills should apply well to the Board's oversight function.
My top priority is to ensure CNM's stability as an institution, that it continues its superlative performance. If it isn't broken, don't try to fix it.
New Mexico's small population and workforce is CNM's biggest challenge, but also an opportunity. CNM has the opportunity to attract a higher percentage of those who want to and need to learn, and to work with area employers to help those who have difficulty in qualifying for work, so as to expand the available workforce.
Until I am closer to the problem and have a better understanding of both the prevailing conditions and projections for the future, I cannot provide a meaningful response.
The question assumes that focusing on one versus the other is a valid choice, and of that I am not sure. Until I have a better understanding of both the prevailing conditions and projections for the future, I cannot provide a more meaningful response.
I will be one member of a Board. An opinion expressed outside a meeting of the Board carries no weight. A principal Board function is to share ideas, discuss alternatives, and make collaborative decisions. Opinions may well change during this process. I rely on data, investigation, and the input of knowledgeable colleagues before forming opinions in a Board setting. The issue posed is one with many facets and requires detailed study and analysis before any meaningful judgement can be made.