Mildred Lovato named next Mesalands president

Russell Anglin

The Mesalands Community College Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that Mildred Lovato will succeed Phillip O. Barry as the next president of Mesalands Community College, effective July 1.

“It is an honor to be selected as the next president of Mesalands Community College and to serve the community and also this distinguished and highly committed board of trustees,” Lovato said at the board meeting. “I’ll have plenty to say and I’ll have three months to think about it. I want to let you know how excited I am to be here and we’ll see you all every day, pretty soon.”

Board Chairman J. Bronson Moore emphasized that Barry is still the acting college president.

“There is one thing I’d like to stress, and I’m not saying this facetiously or any other way. She takes over at 8 o’ clock, July 1, so we don’t want people calling her complaining about this, that and everything else in between now and then,” Moore said. “I hope everybody abides by it and I know you will.

“I think … well I don’t think, I know we got the top of the line out of the candidates, and there were some good candidates there at the end. There’s no doubt in my mind we’ve got the top of the line,” Moore added.

Lovato has worked as vice president of student services at Bakersfield College in Bakersfield, Calif., since 2005. She also worked as assistant vice president of academic support and student retention at Santa Fe Community College. Lovato, who hails from Albuquerque, earned a doctorate degree in educational administration from New Mexico State University.