Lance A. Pyle was confirmed as an ENMU regent in March 2019. He currently serves as Curry County Manager, a position he has held since December of 2007. A graduate of Melrose High School, Mr. Pyle earned an associate degree in Business Administration with honors from Clovis Community College in December 2001 and a Bachelor of Business Administration with distinction from ENMU in December 2004. He served on the Melrose City Council and was elected mayor of Melrose (2006-10). Serving first as interim Curry County manager, he was named the permanent county manager two months later. In 2017, Pyle received designation as a credentialed manager through the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and is only the third New Mexico County Manager to reach that designation. Mr. Pyle serves on several boards and committees at the local and state level, including chairman of the New Mexico County Insurance Authority Workers Compensation Pool Board, board member of the New Mexico County Insurance Authority Multi-Line Insurance Pool Board and a member of the New Mexico Amigos Goodwill Ambassadors for the State of New Mexico among many others. Mr. Pyle is married (2010); he and his wife have two daughters.
Terry Othick of Albuquerque joined the Board of Regents in March 2015. Mr. Othick has more than 40 years of experience in the information technology field through a career in the private, public, and education sectors. He was chief operations officer for the Los Lunas School District, chief information officer for both the New Mexico Department of Labor and the Department of Workforce Solutions, and worked 25 years with the Public Service Company of New Mexico. Mr. Othick served on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Golden Apple Foundation and the ENMU Alumni Association. He earned the ENMU Distinguished Service Award in 2013 for his success in raising scholarship funds for the University. Mr. Othick has taught undergraduate and graduate technology courses at both Eastern New Mexico University and the University of New Mexico. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration, both from Eastern New Mexico University.
Regent Joseph Gergel was appointed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and confirmed by the New Mexico Legislature as student regent in March 2019. A graduate of Rio Rancho High School, Mr. Gergel is a junior majoring in political science with minors in criminal justice and legal studies. He plans to attend law school and pursue a career in law. Mr. Gergel worked in the Office of the President at ENMU from 2016-18 and has been involved in the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the ENMU Student Government Association, and is vice president of the ENMU Pre-Law Club. During his two years in student government he held multiple positions, including attorney general, student coordinator of Eastern in Action, student coordinator of student concerns and lobbying, student coordinator of the Student Fees Board, and student senator representing the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He was a student panelist in the 2018 Domenici Public Policy Conference and represented ENMU at the 2018 Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Case Competition at the University of New Mexico.
Dr. Dan Patterson
Dr. Dan Patterson was appointed to the ENMU Board of Regents in April 2015. Dr. Patterson is a noted educator and human resource professional in New Mexico and Colorado with 48 years in education that includes terms as superintendent or assistant superintendent. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Public School Insurance Authority and as a regent for Western New Mexico University. Dr. Patterson was twice named as Personnel Administrator of the Year by the New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders. He has been recognized by numerous governmental agencies, civic organizations and professional associations for his contributions to communities and education in New Mexico and Colorado. In 1998, he was recognized by Gov. Gary Johnson for his anti-violence education program in the Las Cruces Schools. Dr. Patterson also served on the Board of Directors of the El Pomar Foundation, a philanthropic organization in Colorado Springs. He holds a Bachelor of Science in English and Speech from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, a Master of Education Degree in Secondary Education from Northern Arizona University, an Educational Specialist degree in administration from the University of Arizona and a Doctorate of Educational Administration from California Coast University of California. Dr. Patterson is also a U.S. Navy veteran.
Edwin B. Tatum
Regent Edwin B. Tatum joined the ENMU Board of Regents on Aug. 1, 2017. Mr. Tatum is a partner at Tatum and McDowell law firm in Clovis, New Mexico. A native Oklahoman, Mr. Tatum graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1968. He also received a Master of Laws in Taxation degree from Southern Methodist University in 1981. He was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar Association in 1968, the New Mexico Bar Association in 1972, and the Texas Bar Association in 1992. Mr. Tatum served on active duty as a judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, from 1968 to 1972 and continued his military service ultimately as the mobilization augmentee to the deputy judge advocate general of the Judge Advocate General Corps, United States Air Force Reserve from 1972 to 2001 when he retired with the grade of brigadier general. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Judge Advocate General School Foundation, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He is a recipient of the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit Award and the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal. He was a member of the New Mexico Corrections Commission from 1977-1980 and has been active in the Clovis community serving on the Executive Committee of the Curry County United Way and as president and director of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce.