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After leading CNM since 2007, President Katharine Winograd will retire by June 2020. The College's Governing Board will launch a Presidential Search website on August 1st.

The Central New Mexico Community College Governing Board has begun the process to search for the next president of CNM, New Mexico’s largest community college and the state’s largest institution of higher education in terms of undergraduate enrollment. 

An official CNM Presidential Search website will be launched on August 1st, providing a timeline, contextual information, and other updates. On August 19th, a detailed job description, qualifications, and requirements will be available, as well as the functionality for interested candidates to submit applications. 

When the CNM Presidential Search website is available, a link will be posted on this page. We encourage you to visit this page periodically for updates until the full Presidential Search website goes live in August. The URL for the site that is currently under construction is presidentsearch.cnm.edu. Please feel free to bookmark the URL now in advance of the site going live.

Pauly Group will provide consultation to the CNM Governing Board throughout the search process until a new president is hired and transitions into the position.

The CNM Governing Board Resolution and Presidential Search Process Draft is available to view.


Current CNM President Katharine Winograd, who began her presidency in 2007, will retire by June 2020. She’s the longest-serving President in the College’s 54-year history.

CNM has developed a very strong reputation as a leading community college nationally under President Winograd’s leadership. For the 2014-15 academic year, according to U.S. Department of Education statistics, CNM ranked No. 1 among 1,100-plus community colleges in the country for the number of associate degrees and certificates awarded to both Hispanics and Native Americans, and No. 2 overall for total associate degrees and certificates awarded. In 2016-17, according to provisional U.S. Department of Education data that is expected to become official soon, CNM is No. 1 again for associate degrees and certificates awarded to Hispanics and Native Americans, and No. 2 overall.

In 2013, CNM earned the national Student Success Award from the American Association of Community Colleges. In 2018, CNM was named “Innovator of the Year” by the national higher education news site “Education Dive” for becoming the first community college in the country to issue graduates digital diplomas through blockchain technology.