Third SFCC presidential candidate to participate in public forum

March 12, 2019

Rebecca Rowley, president of Clovis Community College since 2011, will be the third of Santa Fe Community College’s four presidential candidate finalists to take part in a public forum, set for 2 p.m. Monday in the Jemez Rooms.

Since 2015, Rowley has chaired New Mexico Independent Community Colleges, a network formed in 2006 that includes Santa Fe Community College.

Rowley, who has a doctorate in English from the University of New Mexico, is the only SFCC presidential finalist who works in New Mexico. She hopes her home-state experience will set her apart.

“I know a lot of legislators. I’m familiar with the system. I know how community colleges in New Mexico work,” Rowley said in a phone interview. “I feel like I have a lot of projects going on now that I would like to see through in this state.”

Clovis Community College has an enrollment of around 3,500 students, while SFCC has around 5,500. As Clovis president, Crowley, 54, has expanded course and degree offerings, while improving student retention and degree completion.

“The timing is right for me. I feel like I would be leaving my current school in a better place than I found it,” Rowley said. “I have the experience that Santa Fe Community College needs.”

Rey Rivera, vice president of learning at Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale, Ariz., will be the fourth and final presidential candidate to take part in a public forum at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Jemez Rooms