President given salary bump

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

Phillip O. Barry, President of Mesalands Community College, was given a 3 percent raise in a unanmious vote at a meeting of the college’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday night.

The raise is an increase of about $3,630 in Barry’s salary, which is currently about $121,000 a year. The raise is retroactive to Jan. 1.

It was given in recognition of “Dr. Barry’s excellent evaluation and his extraordinary activities on behalf of the college in attempting to get the wind power program,” said Muriel Latham-Pfiefer, board chair.

Barry’s performance and salary are evaluated annually by the board.

Barry has been president of Meslands for 11 years and has served 20 years as a college president.

The average salary of a community college president in New Mexico is $147,000, according to the New Mexico Independent Community Colleges (NMICC). There are eight community colleges in the state. Annual salaries at these institutions range from $120,000 to $228,000, according to NMICC statistics.

The board renewed Barry’s contract for three years, through June 30, 2010, late last year. The board also agreed last year to give community college staff a 2 percent salary increase, effective at the start of 2007.

In other matters before the board, the college’s quarterly financial report was approved.

The college had revenues of $2,147,304 and expenses of $2,303,062.

Dean of Administrative Services David Gallatin said the shortfall was because of reimbursements that had not been paid to the college.

Improvements, which include new classrooms, a large meeting room and health and wellness center, are being made at the college, but reimbursements for certain phases of construction from capital outlay programs have not been sent by the state to the college, Gallatin said.

Included in the six-month revenue were tuition and fees totaling $329,611, an increase of 2.9 percent over the same period last year.

Although this category includes grants, Latham-Pfiefer said she was pleased to see the increase for the college, which in turn, benefits the community.

Two running unopposed
for re-election to MCC board
Mesalands has two Board of Trustee positions, each unopposed, up for re-election.
Absentee voting hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday at the Quay County Courthouse. The last day to vote absentee is 5 p.m. on Friday.

Candidates are:
District 2: Jimmy Sandoval
District 4: Bronson Moore

Mesalands’ boundaries follow the Tucumcari Public School District boundaries. To be eligible to vote, you must reside in the respective district. For information about voting districts, contact the Quay County Clerk’s Office at 461-0510.