ESPANOLA, NM (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is a finalist for president of Northern New Mexico College.
Balderas, who will step down at the end of this year, is one of four people considered for the North position along with Dr. Patricia Trujillo, a native of the Española Valley, who is undersecretary of the state Department of Higher Education.
The other two finalists are Dr. Bruno G. Hicks, vice president for academic affairs at Dalton (Georgia) State College, and Dr. David L. Johns, president of Ferrum (Virginia) College.
Barbara Medina has led Northern New Mexico College on an interim basis since the departure of Rick Bailey, who left in January to become president of Southern Oregon University.
Balderas, 49, is a graduate of New Mexico Highlands University and the University of New Mexico School of Law.
He served two terms as a state auditor before moving to the Office of the Attorney General and was elected in 2014 and 2018.
A graduate of New Mexico State University, Trujillo has been an associate professor of English/Chicano studies at Northern since 2010 and was the university’s director of equity and diversity from 2013 to 2020.
She was appointed by New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham as Assistant Secretary of the Department of Higher Education in 2020 and oversees six of the nine divisions, including academic policy, adult education and information technology.
Hicks is a senior administrator at Dalton State, the only Hispanic-serving institution in Georgia, while Johns has been president of Ferrum College since 2018.
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