Dr. Katharine W. Winograd, President
Central New Mexico Community College
President, New Mexico Independent Community Colleges
Dr. Katharine W. Winograd was elected as the Central New Mexico Community College president by the CNM Governing Board with a unanimous 7-0 vote. She officially became president of the state’s largest community college and second-largest postsecondary institution on July 1, 2007.
Dr. Winograd is the first female president of the college, which serves more than 26,000 students at four campuses and the Workforce Training Center in the Albuquerque-metro area. A fifth campus in Rio Rancho, N.M., is expected to open in early 2010.
Prior to becoming president, Dr. Winograd was vice president for Planning and Budget. She began her tenure at CNM in 1997 as the institutional planning and research officer. In 2001, she began serving as executive officer for the department of Planning, Budget and Institutional Research, and in 2005 she was promoted to vice president for Planning and Budget. Other experience in New Mexico includes special assistant to the dean of the College of Education at the University of New Mexico (1996-97).
From 1980 to1996, Dr. Winograd was a participant and leader in Kentucky’s educational reform efforts while working at the Kentucky Council on Higher Education (1980-83), the University of Louisville (1983-95) and Fayette County Public Schools (1995-96).
Dr. Winograd earned her doctor of education degree in educational leadership from UNM and her master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Louisville. Dr. Winograd’s husband, Peter Winograd, is the director of the Office of Education Accountability at the Department of Finance and Administration for the State of New Mexico.
Dr. Becky Rowley, President
Clovis Community College
Dr. Becky Rowley has taught English at Clovis Community College since 1993, as a full-time faculty member from 1993-1999, and as an adjunct from 1999 through the present. In 1999, she became Vice President for Educational Services and in 2002 Executive Vice President. The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees appointed her the fourth president of CCC in 2011.
As a faculty member, Dr. Rowley focused on distance education, particularly with dual credit high school students. As academic/student services vice president, her interests centered on the integration of instruction and students services and on workforce development. She currently serves on the Eastern Area Workforce Development Board and as a consultant/evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission.
Dr. Rowley earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Latin from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of New Mexico in 1996. Dr. Rowley is also an avid marathon runner.
Dr. Pete Campos, President
Luna Community College
Dr. Pete Campos was selected by the Luna Community College Board of Trustees as the college’s President in early 2008 and assumed his position on July 1, 2008. He previously served as superintendent at Las Vegas City Schools from 2004-2008. From 1993 to 2004, Dr. Campos was associate superintendent for support services at the Las Vegas City Schools. From 1978 to 1982, Dr. Campos was a counselor at Santa Rosa High. Dr. Campos has been a New Mexico state senator since 1991. He is currently serving the counties of San Miguel, Guadalupe, Torrance, Santa Fe and Mora.
Dr. Campos earned his doctorate degree in educational leadership from the University of New Mexico in 2003. He also has a master’s degree in counseling from Highlands University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy from UNM. Dr. Campos is a 1971 graduate of Santa Rosa High.
In 1992 and 1994, Dr. Campos was one of 35 emerging leaders from across the nation selected as both a Flemming and Toll Fellow. The rigorous policy immersion program, based in Lexington, Ky. and Washington D.C. was geared to offer solution to state’s problems.
Dr. Thomas W. Newsom, President
Mesalands Community College
Dr. Thomas Newsom is the newly appointed president of Mesalands Community College, as of July 11, 2013. He previously served as the president of The Art Institute of Dallas since 2010, with additional responsibilities as Vice Chancellor of South University since 2011. As President of the Dallas campus, Dr. Newsom lead a regionally accredited, Southern Association of College and Schools, campus, awarding Masters, Bachelors, and Associate degrees in 19 different disciplines. During Dr. Newsom’s presidency, the college experienced unprecedented student growth, new program implementation, including matriculation of the first graduate students, and completion of a campus-wide renovation project.
In 2000, Dr. Newsom joined the Art Institutes, and served in various roles with the organization. Dr. Newsom began as the Director of Public Relations at the Dallas campus and then was promoted to Dean of Students. From there he was named Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs for the system of schools, before being named system Vice President of Student Affairs. Dr. Newsom returned to lead a campus in 2007 as the founding President at The Art Institute of Austin, where he served for just over a year, before being named President at the Dallas campus.
Dr. Newsom has served more than 20 years in higher education. His career started at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, where he was the school’s first full-time Assistant Sports Information Director from 1991 through 1993. He served in the same role at Baylor University until 1996, when he moved to the Southland Conference office as Director of Media Relations. Dr. Newsom briefly moved away from education from 1997 to 2000, as the owner and publisher of a weekly newspaper in Little Elm, Texas.
Dr. Newsom earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, a master’s degree in secondary and higher education from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and a Ph.D. in higher education from The University of North Texas.
Dr. Newsom has been an active member in the communities he has lived and worked in, and has served as a board member for several organizations including chambers of commerce, and non-profit consumer credit counseling services.
Dr. Steve McCleery, President
New Mexico Junior College
Dr. Steve McCleery is in his fourteenth year as president of New Mexico Junior College. He began his tenure in 1998, and previously served as Dean of Arts and Sciences from 1991-1998 and as Director of Athletics from1988-1991. Prior to NMJC, McCleery was a Professor and Supervisor of the Physical Education program at College of the Southwest from 1980 to 1984. He began his career in 1972 at Lubbock Christian University, where he served as Assistant Professor of Physical Education, Director of Intramurals, and Assistant Track Coach.
Dr. McCleery earned his Doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of New Mexico. He earned his Master of Science in Education Degree in Physical Education from Texas Tech University and his Bachelor of Science in Education Degree from Lubbock Christian University. Dr. McCleery was elected by his colleagues in May 2008 to serve as president of NMICC.
Dr. Jerry W. Grizzle, Superintendent/President
New Mexico Military Institute
Major General Jerry Grizzle, PhD, United States Army National Guard (Retired), became the 19th President/Superintendent of New Mexico Military Institute on July 1, 2009.
General Grizzle graduated in 1976 from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a BS in Accounting. He received his MBA from Central State University and his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. Previously, General Grizzle was the President/CEO of Orbit Finer Foods, Skolniks, CD Warehouse, and most recently AMS Health Sciences in which he was fully responsible for all aspects of business development in a highly competitive marketplace. Prior to his tenure with CD Warehouse, he was Vice President/Treasurer of Sonic Industries.
General Grizzle started his military career in 1971 as a Private and retired as a Major General in 2005. General Grizzle was appointed Commander of the 45th Infantry Brigade (Thunderbirds) of the Oklahoma National Guard, where he was responsible for all matters affecting the combat readiness of the command. Immediately after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Major General Grizzle entered active federal service and took command of the Department of Defense Joint Task Force – Civil Support (JTF-CS), the only unit in the Department of Defense responsible for the planning and execution for the response to any possible Weapons of Mass Destruction attack within the United States.
General Grizzle and his wife, Shawn, a former high school Biology teacher, have two children and three grandchildren.
Dr. Toni Pendergrass President
San Juan College
Dr. Pendergrass is the president of San Juan Community College. Over the course of her career, she has worked with teams to advance economic growth through workforce and academic partnerships. In Addition, she has secured state and federal grants for nursing, health care training, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines.
She most recently served as the Vice President of Learning at San Jacinto College, South Campus, in Houston, Texas. There, her responsibilities included being the chief learning officer for the college and providing vision, leadership and strategic direction in Liberal Arts, Health Science and Sciences, Business and Technology, Evening and Weekend College, the Library, Dual Credit, and the District Honors Program. Her academic experience also includes working for El Centro College, Dallas County Community College District, where she served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success (interim), the Executive Dean of Communications, Mathematics, Developmental Studies, and Teacher Preparation Division, Assistant to the President, and was an adjunct faculty member. She also worked at Wayne County Community College District as a Vice Chancellor for Planning, Development and Accountability and at Clovis Community College as the Director of Institutional Planning and Research.
She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Administration, specializing in Community College Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin, and a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics and Economics from New Mexico State University. A graduate of Aztec High School, Dr. Pendergrass has roots in the Four Corners.
Randy Grissom, President
Santa Fe Community College
Joining SFCC in its inaugural year of 1983, Randy Grissom taught classes in the Business and Occupations Division. Soon thereafter, he wrote the successful proposal to create the New Mexico Small Business Development Center, which continues to be headquartered on the college campus today.
Grissom left SFCC in 1994 to work in management positions in private industry, but returned to the college in 2003 for a year-long appointment as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Administrative Services. Following his time in that post, Grissom worked as a consultant to various colleges, then relocated to Hawaii, where was Vice President of Finance for the agricultural division of the Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc.
In 2008, Grissom once again returned to his roots at SFCC campus, this time to start green technology and workforce programs as Dean of Economic and Workforce Development/Director of the Sustainable Technologies Center. In that position, he spearheaded the creation of the college’s biofuels program, solar technology curriculum, green building, and algae production courses.
In 2013, Grissom was named Vice President for Academic Affairs. He was appointed Interim President on January 28, 2014, for a term of 18 months. He was named President of Santa Fe Community College by the Governing Board on Sept. 16, 2014. His academic background includes bachelor and master’s degrees in Business from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.
Dr. Joseph Shepard, President
Western New Mexico University
The Board of Regents unanimously appointed Dr. Joseph Shepard the 15th President of Western New Mexico University (WNMU) on April 27, 2011. Dr. Shepard assumed the office on July 5, 2011 and now leads the Silver City campus, as well as learning centers in Deming, Gallup, Lordsburg and Truth or Consequences.
Prior to arriving at WNMU, Dr. Shepard served over 15 years in senior-level leadership positions at Florida Gulf Coast University. Throughout his years at FGCU he held the positions of Chief Student Affairs Officer, Chief Business Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. Among his many responsibilities, Dr. Shepard was one of the founding leaders in helping to build the State of Florida’s 10th university. When Dr. Shepard arrived at FGCU, there were no students, no classes, no athletics, no on-campus housing, no policies and no infrastructure. By Dr. Shepard’s departure in 2011, FGCU had grown to over 460 faculty with a total workforce of nearly 2,000 that served nearly 13,000 students.
Dr. Shepard has also remained active in the classroom and with research. His teaching areas have been at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in quantitative methods, public finance and business leadership. He has also taught internationally in Mexico.
Dr. Shepard earned his Ph.D. in Public Administration specializing in public finance from Florida International University. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and Banking where he specialized in international finance from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Science in Math Education from Northern Arizona University.
He has been married to his wife, Marcela, for 21 years and has two children. He is fluent in Spanish and enjoys mountaineering, backpacking, canoeing, fishing, golfing, and racquetball.