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Luna board extends Patterson’s contract as interim president

Presidential search to commence soon

Luna Community College interim President Dr. Kenneth Patterson will continue to serve in that capacity for at least an additional four months, the college’s governing board decided on Tuesday.

The Luna Board of Trustees unanimously approved a four-month extension to Patterson’s current contract as interim president with a review of agreed-upon performance indicators by the end of the contract period. Trustees took that step as the lone action item in a special board meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The board has voted to issue an informal request for proposals for an outside firm to assist in conducting a presidential search. Trustees will consider proposals in a special meeting on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Patterson has been with the college as its vice president of instruction and student services since September 2019. He was appointed interim president in June.

“I’m honored that the Luna Community College Board of Trustees has offered an extension of my current contract as interim president,” Patterson said after Tuesday’s meeting. “As Luna finds herself at a pivotal point in providing educational and workforce programs for northeast New Mexico, there is an ongoing need for stability and a vision of what can become reality. We take great pride in a governing board that is eagerly focused on realizing a greater potential of the college, faculty and staff who work to mentor and develop learners, and students who pursue opportunities that lead them into success in the workforce or further into higher education. Working together, we all contribute to a bright future filled with opportunities. I’m certainly privileged to hold such a position of leadership at this point in the life of Luna, and I anticipate the great days ahead of us.”