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Gomez Elected to Fill Unexpired Board Term

7/24/2014 5:17:07 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

The Board of New Mexico Junior College has unanimously elected Manny Gomez to fill the unexpired term of its chairman Guy Kesner.  Kesner resigned his position on the board because he recently moved to a new home that was out of his district, thereby having to vacate his position as District #3 representative. Gomez will represent District #3 until the term expires March 31, 2015.

Pat Chappelle, Secretary of the NMJC Board, was elected Chairman of the Board.  “I am honored to continue the impressive work that Guy Kesner has accomplished during his tenure as Chairman.  And we are proud to have Manny Gomez join the NMJC Board as we explore new opportunities for our students and their education.”

Gomez has been a long-time community leader of Lea County.  He retired as Fire Chief for the City of Hobbs after serving 22 years with the Hobbs Fire Department.  He was Board Chairman for Lea Regional Medical Center and Board Chairman of the Hobbs Chamber of Commerce.  He served as interim city manager for the City of Hobbs, then consulted with the city to create a bilingual incentive for city employees.  Gomez attended New Mexico Junior College, later becoming a part-time instructor.

Ron Black, Lea County Commissioner and newly elected Secretary of the NMJC Board says, “The board is very pleased that Manny will be joining us.  He understands the needs of Lea County and its residents, and will help New Mexico Junior College as we continue to assess and meet those needs”.

Hector Baeza, representing District #5 on the NMJC Board reiterates, “Manny’s leadership and commitment to higher education will help the college as it continues to grow and meet the challenges of Southeastern New Mexico.”

Chappelle stated that several people expressed an interest in serving as the District #3 representative after Kesner announced his resignation at the June 26 board meeting.  “It was a hard decision, but in the end, we were proud to ask Manny Gomez to serve.”

For more information:  Susan Fine, Director of Communications: or 575-492-2781

New Mexico Junior College is a comprehensive community college promoting success through learning.


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