Tuesday, July 14, 2009
CNM President Did 'Good Job'
By Martin Salazar
Journal Staff Writer
Central New Mexico Community College President Kathy Winograd is getting high marks from the school's governing board for her second year at the Albuquerque school's helm.
"She was given a lot of credit for some of the things she's done," said Robert Matteucci, chairman of CNM's governing board. "Times are pretty difficult in college business right now. We have a rather significant budget reduction of $8 million. We thought she did a good job."
The board recently met behind closed doors to discuss Winograd's performance, and it is slated to approve her evaluation this evening.
Despite the praise Winograd will get no pay raise, at her own request.
"It's been a tough year," she said. "Our faculty and staff worked really hard, and we've increased enrollment. We're seeing more and more students. People are really rising to the occasion, and they didn't get a salary increase. So it would be really inappropriate for me to ask for one."
Matteucci said that given economic realities, the board agrees that Winograd shouldn't get a raise this year.
"That's just the way things are right now," he said.
Winograd earns $206,000 a year plus another $20,600 in deferred compensation.
Though she won't get a raise, Winograd is getting an automatic one-year extension to her contract. Winograd has a rolling contract, which extends to three years each year unless she or the board provides a written request to end the agreement.
Matteucci praised Winograd for reaching agreements with the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University and Highlands University that make it easier for students to begin their college careers at CNM and then transfer to one of those universities for their second two years. He also gave her credit for reducing administrative and operational costs through reorganizations.
In her letter to the governing board, Winograd said she was proud that the college was able to avoid layoffs, despite the decrease in funding.