SANTA FE, N.M. — In April, the Faculty and Student senates of Northern New Mexico College voted “no confidence” in their administration. A week later, the Board of Regents voted to eliminate several career programs and, with them, the president of the Faculty Senate, who runs Automotive Technology.
Then, financially strapped Northern spent several thousand dollars on newspaper ads with a defensive gloss on recent turmoil at the college by President Nancy Barceló. It also spent $5,000 hiring a private investigative firm for a presumably exculpatory inquiry into alleged assault and retaliation by administration members against a popular and accomplished professor whose tenure approval it reversed.
People rightly ask, what is going on?
Students continue to leave the school because of reduced offerings and cancelled classes. They have to pay more tuition for less service compared to nearby schools. And every move the administration makes only accelerates the process.