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Note to Media: A press conference will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the College Board Room on the ENMU-Ruidoso campus to introduce Clayton Alred to the campus and community.
PORTALES--Clayton Alred, vice president for instruction at Odessa College, has been named president of the Ruidoso campus of Eastern New Mexico University, according to Steven Gamble, president of the ENMU system. He will begin his new position in late November or early December.
“We are fortunate to attract someone the caliber of Dr. Alred,” Gamble said. “He has an excellent background in the mission of a community college, and has been very successful in moving Odessa College forward. While I regret that Dr. Michael Elrod is retiring as president of ENMU-Ruidoso, Dr. Alred is a worthy successor.”
Previous to his present position, Alred served Odessa College as interim president (2006-07), dean of institutional research and effectiveness (1996-2002), dean of humanities and communications (1995-96), dean of learning resources (1993-94), associate dean of learning resources (1990-93), and director of developmental studies and instructional television (1986-90).
“I am really excited about the opportunities for new programs at ENMU-Ruidoso, as well as the possibility of a new campus,” said Alred. “During my visit I observed that they have a very cohesive staff, which is a genuine strength. The campus offers comprehensive programs to the citizens of the Ruidoso area, and the community is very responsive…I’m really enjoying this feeling of euphoria.”
Alred has a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s in educational administration from Sul Ross State University, and a bachelor’s in biology and chemistry from Angelo State University.
His many professional memberships and honors include the 2007 Phi Theta Kappa International Distinguished Administrator Award, 2006 El Animo Award—Hispanic Heritage of Odessa, National Council of Instructional Administrators, Society of College and University Planners, and president of the Texas Consortium for Educational Telecommunications. He has also published articles in academic journals, and earned several professional certificates in education.
A press conference will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the College Board Room on the ENMU-Ruidoso campus to introduce Alred to the campus and community. It is open to everyone.