Presidential Search Presidential Search


Eastern New Mexico University

Presidential Search Timeline 2016-2017 (Tentative)


On or About



November 2016

On-line solicitation from campus and local community and alumni of desired presidential attributes and qualities

November 10-11, 2016


On-campus focus groups to identify desired presidential attributes and qualities conducted by

Witt/Kiefer search firm. Meeting. Update provided to Board of Regents.


Week of November 21, 2016


Search committee approves ENMU President leadership profile and advertisement.


Late November – early December 2016


Advertisements posted in major publications and online sites.  Website announcement launched

Presidential Search posted on ENMU webpage December 13, 2016.


Mid-December 2016


Status report provided to Board of Regents and Search committee.


January 18, 2017


Status report provided to Board of Regents and Search committee.


February 15, 2017


Meeting of Search Committee with Witt/Kieffer to review candidates and identify semi-finalists.


March, 9 and 10  2017

Search Committee interviews semi-finalists in Albuquerque, NM, 


Late March, 2017

Finalists visit campus to on-site interviews

Mid – late April 2017

President selected by Regents


Presidential Search Update Presidential Search Update


Dr. J.S. Elwell (Jeff)

On April 12, 2017, the Board of Regents of Eastern New Mexico University selected Dr. J.S. "Jeff" Elwell as the 10th president of ENMU. Dr. Elwell holds degrees from California State University-Bakersfield in English, from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Communication/Theatre, and a doctorate in Speech Communication/Theater from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He has experience as a university professor, department chair, dean and provost. He will be joining ENMU from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, where he is currently dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, overseeing 15 departments and affiliated groups, over 4,000 students with majors in the college, and a budget of $42 million in state and private funds.  Dr. Elwell and his spouse, Mrs. Edwina Elwell, will be joining the campus sometime this summer.


Search Committee Search Committee


Eastern New Mexico University

Presidential Search Committee 2016-2017


Alvarez, Mr. Josh

Student Body representative


Black, Ms. Sandi

Alumni Board representative


Bratcher, Dr. Adrienne       

Faculty Senate president


Burusnukul, Dr. Pattarapong

COB Faculty representative


Buzzard, Dr. Janet

Academic Affairs representative


Christensen, Ms. Jane

Member, Board of Regents


Cordova, Ms. Diana

Professional Employee representative


Doerr, Mr. Steve

ENMU Foundation Board representative


Flores, Ms. Geni

CET Faculty representation


Gore, Dr. Kathy

CLAS Faculty representative


McCullough, Mr. John

ENMU-Ruidoso representative


Olguin, Ms. Maureen



Seifert, Mr. Dustin

CFA Faculty representative


Smart, Mr. Scott

Executive Administration representative


Othick, Terry

Member, Board of Regents (Committee Chair)


Turner, Ms. Wendy

Support Employee representative



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