U administrator to lead Northern New Mexico College

Nancy “Rusty” Barceló has been selected as the next president of Northern New Mexico College.

by Taryn Wobbema

Nancy âÄúRustyâÄù Barceló, vice president and vice provost for equity and diversity at the University of Minnesota, has been selected as the next president of Northern New Mexico College in Española, N.M. The collegeâÄôs Board of Regents finalized the selection Friday after five months of searching for a new president, NNMC spokesman Mitch Stanfield said. He said she had a âÄúfavorable impact on everyone connected with the college âÄî students, faculty and staff.âÄù Barceló was unanimously selected from a field of four final candidates. She will replace the interim president who took over for President Jose Griego last June. Her appointment will begin by July 1, pending employment negotiations. Barceló has been vice president for equity and diversity since 2006 and was the first person to hold that position. She came to the University in 1996 to fill the position of associate vice president for multicultural and academic affairs. From 1999 to 2001, she was chairwoman of the Chicano studies department. Neither she nor University administrators were available for further comment, but University spokesman Dan Wolter said she âÄúreally shaped and definedâÄù the equity and diversity position. NNMC offers two-year and four-year degrees and serves about 2,500 students.