NMJC Hires New Vice President for Student Services
6/14/2017 10:48:07 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. After an extensive nationwide search, New Mexico Junior College has chosen Cathy Mitchell as its Vice President for Student Services. Mitchell is the current Vice President of Student Affairs at South Plains College in Levelland, TX. She will begin her new position at NMJC on July 5.
Mitchell will provide leadership in all aspects of student services including enrollment and recruitment, financial aid, student housing, student life, testing center, tutoring center, and more. She will help create and guide student life policies, programs and services; and have a critical role as NMJC begins its new five-year strategic plan.
“We had a significant number of qualified applications from all over the country,” said Dr. Dennis Atherton, Vice President for Instruction, and chair of the search committee. “Cathy Mitchell has the experience we need in student services, and the understanding of a rural community college, to help grow New Mexico Junior College in enrollment, and guide our students to ultimately graduate and be successful.”
Mitchell is from Hermleigh, a small town in West Texas, where she grew up a cotton farmer’s daughter. After working for several years with Ropes ISD, in Ropesville, TX, she joined South Plains College as a registrar. Over 17 years, she was promoted to Dean of Student Life, Dean of the Reese Center campus in Lubbock, and finally Vice President of Student Affairs.
Mitchell received her bachelor’s degree in Home Economics from Texas Tech University, a Master of Education degree in instructional technology from Texas Tech, and a Master of Education degree in counseling from Sul Ross State University. She is married to Byron Mitchell, and has two children: Robert, a doctor in Stephenville, TX, and Rebecca, who lives in Lubbock with her husband, and are parents to Mitchell’s 1-1/2 year old grandson. Mitchell also has an exchange student from Serbia, Bojana Ristic, whom she considers her other daughter.
“I am looking forward to coming to Hobbs and New Mexico Junior College,” said Mitchell. “I know it is a quality institution with a bright future. I feel very fortunate to be able to work with Dr. Sharp, as well as all the other wonderful employees at NMJC.”