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Dr. Katharine Winograd has been serving as CNM's president since 2007.
Kathie Winograd

Dr. Katharine W. Winograd

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 leading community college and largest higher education institution in New Mexico in terms of undergraduate enrollment on July 1, 2007.

Dr. Winograd is the first female president of the college, which serves more than 23,000 college-credit and 4,000 non-credit students at five campuses, the STEMulus Center, the Workforce Training Center and the Advanced Technology Center in the Albuquerque-Rio Rancho metro area.

Before becoming president, Dr. Winograd was CNM's vice president for the Planning and Budget division, where she provided exceptional leadership in upholding and advancing CNM’s strong reputation for fiscal responsibility.

She is a highly respected leader in the New Mexico higher education community, and she's the longest serving president among New Mexico's public community colleges and universities. Under her leadership, CNM's graduation numbers have increased dramatically. From the 2010-11 academic year through 2015-16, among 1,100-plus community colleges nationwide, CNM ranked No. 1 each year for the number of associate degrees and certificates earned by Native Americans; among the top five each year for associate degrees and certificates earned by Hispanics; and among the top 10 overall.

In 2013, CNM won the national Student Success Award from the American Association of Community Colleges, which represents 1,100-plus community colleges, for the college's innovative student support model and significant gains in graduation numbers. President Winograd was also named Western Region CEO of the Year in 2013 by the Association of Community College Trustees. 

Dr. Winograd started her educational career in Kentucky. From 1980 through 1996 she 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). 

Within the first two months of her presidency, Dr. Winograd led CNM into a memorandum of agreement with the University of New Mexico that set the stage for a new era of higher education in New Mexico. The state's two largest institutions in terms of enrollment have made it much easier for students to simultaneously access services from both institutions through a wide variety of initiatives and streamlined processes aimed at increasing pathways for student success. 

Dr. Winograd serves on the board of directors for the New Mexico Independent Community Colleges, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Central New Mexico and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (Denver Branch Board of Directors).

Dr. Winograd began her tenure at CNM in 1997 as the institutional planning and research officer. She served as executive officer for the department of Planning, Budget and Institutional Research from 2001-2005 before being 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).

Dr. Winograd earned her doctor of education degree in educational leadership from UNM, a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Louisville and she earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and therapeutic recreation from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky.

Dr. Winograd’s husband, Peter Winograd, recently retired as the director of the Office of Education Accountability at the Department of Finance and Administration for the State of New Mexico.