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NMHU Presidential Search

Official NMHU logoThe New Mexico Highlands University Board of Regents would like to announce that it has started its official Presidential Search for the university’s 23rd president. Our next president will replace Dr. Sam Minner, who has served as New Mexico Highlands University’s President since 2015.

NMHU Presidential Finalists

Dr. Michelle RogersMr. Gerardo OchoaDr. Roxanne Gonzales-WalkerDr. Adolfo SantosDr. Neil Woolf

Dr. Michelle Rogers

Former Vice President for Administration
University of Redlands, Redlands, CA


Curriculum Vitae

Mr. Gerardo Ochoa

Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Success
Linfield University, Linfield, OR


Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Roxanne Gonzales-Walker

Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs
New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM


Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Adolfo Santos profile imageDr. Adolfo Santos

Assistant Provost
Texas A&M University, McAllen, TX


Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Neil Woolf

Executive Vice President
Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR


Curriculum Vitae

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(Updated Dec. 7, 2023)

Dear Campus Community:

As previously announced, Dr. Neil Woolf will be visiting our campus on Friday, December 8, for a series of forums with staff, faculty, students, and community members. Dr. Woolf’s biography and C.V. are available on the Presidential Search website at

Dr. Neil Woolf Curriculum Vitae

Zoom link: All public forums will be held in Student Union Building 321-322 and also at this Zoom link:

Zoom link with embedded passcode:

Feedback form: Click on this link to access the feedback form:

All feedback will be shared directly with the regents. All feedback forms must be completed by Monday, December 11, at 5:00 PM. All feedback forms are submitted anonymously through the R.H. Perry system.


  • Search Committee Interview 8:15 – 9:15 a.m.
  • Staff Forum 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Faculty Forum, 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Lunch with Senior Administration 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
  • Student Forum 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Community, Foundation, and Alumni Forum 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • Campus Tour and President’s Residence Tour 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
  • Dinner with the Search Committee 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Brandon Kempner
Chair of the NMHU Presidential Search Committee
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Search Committee

NMHU Presidential Search Committee

The Presidential Search Committee is made up of Highlands’ faculty, students, staff, administrators, alumni, and members of the Las Vegas, N.M. community.

Search Partners

New Mexico Highlands University has retained the services of the RH Perry & Associates search firm to help conduct this presidential search.

Timeline of Events

What is New Mexico Highlands University?

Image of students at the 2023 NMHU graduation ceremonyNew Mexico Highlands University is a public, state-run institution located in Las Vegas, New Mexico, with centers in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Farmington and Roswell, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. Accreditation information


New Mexico Highlands University is a public comprehensive university serving our local and global communities. Our mission is to provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to attain an exceptional education by fostering creativity, critical thinking and research in the liberal arts, sciences, and professions within a diverse community.


Our vision is to be a premier comprehensive university transforming lives and communities now and for generations to come.

Core Values

  • Excellence
  • Diversity
  • Accessibility
  • Responsiveness

For any questions about the search, please email the search committee chair, Dr. Brandon Kempner, at