CNM Governing Board Hires Consulting Company to Assist in Search for Next President

June 12, 2019

The Central New Mexico Community College Governing Board has hired Pauly Group, an academic search consulting company, to assist in the search for the next President of CNM. Current CNM President Katharine Winograd plans to retire by June 2020.

Pauly Group, which specializes in senior administrative searches for community and technical colleges, has assisted in hundreds of searches since being founded in 1990.

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

“CNM Governing Board members are very pleased to have the Pauly Group assisting us in this highly important process of recruiting, identifying and ultimately hiring the next president of CNM,” Board Chair Pauline Garcia said. “The Pauly Group has a great deal of experience in helping community colleges recruit and hire successful leaders, and we are looking forward to a fruitful search process. CNM President Katharine Winograd’s leadership and vision have produced exceptional results for students, the college and the central New Mexico community throughout her 12-year tenure. With Pauly Group’s assistance, we plan to hire a new president who will lead CNM with great distinction while helping our students, community and economy reach new levels of success.”

Some of Pauly Group’s work will include:

  • Advise on the development of the advisory committee
  • Collaborate with the Governing Board to develop the job description
  • Coordinate advertising for the position, including social media efforts
  • Distribute position announcement to targeted audiences
  • Conduct nationwide recruitment of candidates
  • Facilitate candidate interviews
  • Conduct thorough reference and background investigations on candidates
  • Facilitate plan for presidential transition

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.