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Forum set for Santa Fe Community College presidential finalist

March 4, 2019

Kim Armstrong, vice president of student affairs at College of the Ouachitas in Malvern, Ark., will be the second of Santa Fe Community College’s four presidential finalists to take part in a public forum, set for 2 p.m. Monday in the Jemez Rooms.

Armstrong said she was instantly attracted to the job when contacted by a search firm consultant.

“It has been a very unique interview process where the college is very open and transparent about where they’ve been and where they want to go,” Armstrong said in a phone interview. “A lot of times they ask you as a candidate to show integrity, but the college has shown to be committed to integrity as well.”

At College of the Ouachitas, Armstrong recently received a grant to help her transform the school’s advisement model. She currently is working to install a mentor-coach program that would provide students with more one-on-one advising for their academic pathways.

Before moving to Arkansas, she was a research faculty member and undergraduate professor at the University of Illinois. She has bachelor’s and masters degrees, plus a doctorate in neuropsychology from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Armstrong does not have experience as a community college president but looks to move into that role and build upon her experience in higher education.

“To me what really stood out about Santa Fe Community College was the mission statement, empower students,” Armstrong said. “That’s what I like to do.”

Rebecca Rowley, president of Clovis Community College, will be the next candidate to participate in a public forum at 2 p.m. March 11 in the Jemez Rooms.