Mesalands Community College gets new dean

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Greta Estes, formerly of Sweetwater, Texas, has been named Dean of Student Services at Mesalands Community College.

Estes said that she has already established a fondness for the Tucumcari and the Quay County area. “I love it,” said the new dean of student services. “I grew up in a small town and this is like coming home. It is the perfect place for me.”
Estes said that she is extremely impressed with how everyone has gone out of their way to make her feel at home in Tucumcari. “Really, I mean it,” said Estes. “Everyone has been so nice to me and tried to make me feel at home and I’m just getting settled in.”

The new dean said the warm feelings are especially noticeable at Mesalands Community College.
“I just think they’re wonderful,” said Estes. “I’m looking forward to working with them, the staff and the students, of course.” She said she has already been working on getting to know some of the students at the college as she helps with checking in the students for the fall semester. She said she has met a number of the rodeo team and found them a definite positive advertisement for the college. “They are so polite,” said Estes. “They are good solid kids – very respectful.”

As Dean of Student Services, Estes will be called upon to recruit students to the institution and to respond to their needs while at the community college.
“I guess you could say, I’m to partner with them,” said Estes, “to get them here and then support them while they are here.” She said her responsibilities will be multifaceted – creating and adapting activities, working with students on career routes and helping them with possible career choices. Estes comes to Mesalands from Texas State Technical College-West Texas, Sweetwater, Texas where she served in three positions, Coordinator of Counseling and Testing, Interim Dean of Students, and Director of the ACT Center. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Psychology with a minor in Business and Computer Science, and her Master of Education in Counselor Education with emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling and Vocational Assessment.

Estes began her career as a vocational development specialist with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in Philadelphia, Mississippi. While there she secured a federal grant for a Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Program and then served as that program’s director. She has provided expert testimony before Congressional Committees and prepared and presented numerous position papers for federal agencies and Tribal programs.

“We are pleased to have Greta as part of the Mesalands team, and look forward to the expertise she offers as a counselor, manager and grant writer,” said Phillip O. Barry, President of Mesalands Community College.