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Eastern New Mexico University announces its search for the next President/Chancellor of the ENMU System. Updates will be posted regularly to this website.

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James Johnston

On Nov. 29, 2022, the Board of Regents of Eastern New Mexico University selected Dr. James Johnston as the 12th president of ENMU. Dr. Johnston holds a bachelor's and master's degree from Midwestern State University in Radiologic Sciences and a doctorate in Health Studies from Texas Woman's University. He has experience as an Interim President, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean and Director roles in his career. He will be joining ENMU from Midwestern State University, where he is currently the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Johnston and his wife, Stephanie Johnston, will be joining the campus in January.



Presidential Search Presidential Search


May 1, 2022 through June 15, 2022

  • Pre-launch activities
  • Development of Advertising Plan and Position Profile


June 15, 2022 through August 15, 2022

  • Launch the Search
  • Post Online Advertisements & Begin Sourcing
  • Targeted Research & Recruitment
  • Application Deadline of August 19, 2022


August 29, 2022 through August 31, 2022

  • Open Forums with ENMU communities


September, 2022

  • Search Committee Meeting (facilitated by EFL Associates)
  • Committee begins review & ratings of candidates


September 19 - 23, 2022

  • Search Committee Meeting to select Semi-Finalist Candidates (facilitated by EFL Associates)


September 24, 2022 through October 3, 2022

  • Semi-Finalist interviews scheduled 
  • On-List References conducted by EFL Associates


October 3 -7, 2022

  • Semi-Finalist Interviews (via Microsoft Teams)
  • Finalists Selected


October 8, 2022 through October 23, 2022

  • Additional Due Diligence and background investigations processed by EFL Associates
  • Campus Interviews of Finalists Scheduled
  • List of Finalists Announced


Late October through November, 2022

  • Campus Interviews of Finalists


November 2022

  • Board Selection, Negotiation and Announcement of Successful Candidate within 30 days


Staging Enabled