Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Beardmore, who was selected as President of Southeast New Mexico College in a special board meeting Monday night. Beardmore is currently Vice President of Student Affairs at Owensboro Community and Technical College in Kentucky. He previously serviced as Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs there. Dr. Beardmore earned his doctorate from the University of Kentucky in Educational Policy Studies.
He also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Miami University in Oxford, and a Bachelor of Arts in Georgaphy from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He released a prepared statement saying he was honored and humbled by the opportunity, and he noted the seven decades history of Carlsbad’s college.
This selection process was very extensive and included multiple opportunities for public participation and feedback. Several weeks ago, the college narrowed their selection down to six finalists. The Board of Trustees met in closed session on Monday night before returning to open session. Dr. Beardmore was then nominated and received unanimous support from board members – Dr. Ned Elkins, Tiffany Frintz, Sheriff Mark Cage, Bill Murrill and Sarah Bowman.
We know there will be a very bright future at Southeast New Mexico College and look forward to working with Dr. Beardmore. Special thanks to Dr. Andrew Nwanne, who has served as interim president and done an excellent job. Dr. Beardmore is very fortunate to have an outstanding faculty and staff at Southeast New Mexico College. We are also excited about showing him around Carlsbad when he has the opportunity.
Speaking of the college- SENMC has several events lined up in celebration of fall and Halloween. From 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, there will be trick or treating around campus and a haunted house hosted by the college’s student government.
The zombie walk is back. On Oct. 29, the college will be hosting the Annual Zombie Walk in memory of Judge David Redford, who was a strong supporter of this activity. In addition to being a municipal judge, Judge Redford also taught at the college. Lineup and registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Cascades Parking Lot. The walk will begin at 6 p.m. and end at the Beach Bandshell during the bat festival.
There will be a $5 registration fee, but all proceeds will go to the Judge David Redford Memorial Scholarship Fund that supports criminal justice students. For more information, please contact Tamara Gonzalez at tgonzalez@Senmc.edu or (575) 234-9219.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway