Northern New Mexico College’s Rusty Barceló Announces Retirement

Dr. Nancy (Rusty) Barceló during the Spring 2015 Commencement. Valley Daily Post photo

Northern New Mexico College’s Rusty Barceló Announces Retirement

Staff Report

Dr. Nancy (Rusty) Barceló, President of Northern New Mexico College, announced that she intends to retire as president June 30, 2016. Barceló, whose contract extends through June 30, 2017, made her announcement during a Sept. 22 Board of Regents meeting.

Barceló said in a statement to the Board, “Reflecting on the last five years reminds me of how much we have accomplished under very difficult circumstances. I remain proud at how far we have come as an institution and feel we are now positioned to move forward in new ways that can best serve this region.”

Included in the motion approving Barceló’s request to retire, the Board honored its contractual commitment to a one-year sabbatical commencing July 1, 2016, with an option for Barceló to return as a tenured professor.

“The Board wishes to acknowledge the tremendous work and leadership that President Barceló has provided the College over the last five years and we look forward to her continued contribution as President until June 30, 2016 or such time a new President is appointed,” said Board President, Rosario Garcia, in a statement issued on behalf of the Board.

Shortly after the Board meeting, Barceló coordinated a gathering where she shared her announcement with faculty and staff. “The success we have seen over the past five years is largely due to the hard work and commitment of everyone in this room,” said Barceló to more than 100 emplyees who were in attendance.

Barceló began as President for Northern in July 2010, just six years after the institution began its transition from a community college to a comprehensive four-year College. Shortly after taking the helm, Barceló launched an aggressive, 11-month fiscal recovery plan for the College that led to the completion of two outstanding audits and the timely completion of the Fiscal Year 2013 audit. Just two years later the College was removed from Fiscal Watch, a condition that existed since 2007.