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CNM Governing Board Selects Tracy Hartzler as Next President of CNM

“We are very excited about the future of CNM under the leadership of Tracy Hartzler,” said Governing Board Chair Pauline Garcia, after the Board voted unanimously for President-elect Hartzler.
CNM Governing Board Selects Tracy Hartzler as Next President of CNM
President-elect Tracy Hartzler (right) hugs retiring CNM President, Dr. Kathie Winograd (left)

Nov 12, 2019

On Tuesday evening, the Central New Mexico Community College Governing Board selected Tracy Hartzler as the sixth president of CNM. Ms. Hartzler will begin her presidency at a yet to be determined date in 2020. She will replace retiring CNM President Katharine Winograd, who is the longest serving president in the college’s 54-year history. Dr. Winograd became president on July 1, 2007.

Tracy Hartzler is currently CNM’s Vice President for Finance and Operations and has been at CNM since 2015. She has served the public sector for more than 25 years in education, government, and policy roles. For the last eight years, Ms. Hartzler has played a significant role in shaping postsecondary education in New Mexico, first with the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee, and later with CNM. At the Legislative Finance Committee, Ms. Hartzler served as the New Mexico Legislature’s expert on higher education policy and funding, where she led the annual statewide higher education budget and policy initiatives. In this role, she participated in a major revision of the state’s institutional funding formula, staffed program and funding changes to the Legislative Lottery Scholarship Program, and expanded a statewide healthcare workforce initiative. She worked closely with legislative and executive agency staff on capital projects and workforce training requests. To advance this work, she served on national policy teams and student success advocacy groups, helping public officials implement best practices and policies.

More recently, CNM President-elect Hartzler turned her national and statewide expertise to the service of residents in central New Mexico, currently as the Vice President of Finance and Operations at CNM. She also serves as Treasurer for both CNM Ingenuity, Inc., the enterprise arm of the College, and the CNM Foundation. She has held various positions at the College, overseeing budgeting and finance, strategic planning, accreditation and research, human resources, facilities, information technology, and other operational and support functions. She worked closely with CNM President Katharine Winograd and the leadership team to maintain financial stability during uncertain fiscal times and declining enrollments.

CNM President-elect Hartzler also represents all New Mexico public higher education institutions as the Governor’s appointee to the New Mexico State Investment Council. And she serves as the community college member on the state’s Complete College America team, advocating for policies that improve student retention and completion.

President-elect Hartzler earned her Juris Doctorate from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. She earned her Master of Education Degree from the University of Virginia with highest honors; and she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree, cum laude, from Saint Mary’s College in Indiana.

“On behalf of the CNM Governing Board, we are very excited about the future of CNM under the leadership of Tracy Hartzler,” said CNM Governing Board Chair Pauline Garcia. “We had a very impressive group of finalists, but we believe Ms. Hartzler is the right person to lead CNM into the future and build upon the impressive progress that CNM continues to make in serving the needs of our students, our community and our economy. Ms. Hartzler has outstanding leadership skills and experience, and she has a strategic vision for the future of community college education that aligns with the strategic goals of CNM. As the state’s largest community college, we understood the importance of this decision, and we strongly believe that Ms. Hartzler will make our community, and the faculty, staff and students at CNM, very proud.”

“I want to congratulate Tracy Hartzler on being selected by the Governing Board as the next president of CNM,” said current CNM President Kathie Winograd. “I know that President-elect Hartzler will provide exceptional leadership for CNM and I’m looking forward to helping in any way I can as we prepare for this transition. I can’t wait to see what our wonderful students and talented faculty and staff will achieve in the years ahead during Ms. Hartzler’s presidency.”

CNM has achieved remarkable success under the leadership of current CNM President Kathie Winograd. In the 2014-15 academic year, CNM ranked No. 1 in the nation for the number of associate degrees and certificates earned by both Hispanics and Native Americans, and ranked No. 2 for the overall number of associate degrees and certificates awarded. In the 2016-17 academic year, CNM ranked No. 1 in the nation for the number of associate degrees and certificates awarded to Native Americans, No. 2 for the number of associate degrees and certificates awarded to Hispanics, and No. 3 overall. In 2013, CNM was awarded the prestigious Student Success Award from the American Association of Community Colleges, which represents more than 1,100 community colleges.

Over the past decade, CNM has also become the largest higher education institution in the state in terms of undergraduate enrollment. CNM’s current Fall Term enrollment is more than 23,300.


CNM President-elect Tracy Hartzler’s bio.

CNM President-elect Tracy Hartzler’s résumé.