New regents named

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed two new regents to the Eastern New Mexico Board of Regents.

Regent Jane Christensen was replaced by Lance Pyle, who is the Curry County manager.

Christensen said she decided to step down from her position due to her six-year term coming to an end. She said it would have been possible to re-apply for the next term, but six years is a long time.

Christensen said she has learned a lot from other regents during her time as a regent, and she did not realize the impact the board has on the university when it comes to asset protection and the rights of students.

Pyle said he looks forward to gaining more knowledge about how funding is assembled for ENMU branch campuses and that he is eager to get to know staff and students, learn what their needs are, and how to work together to improve Eastern for future students.

Some of the things he would like to accomplish are keeping tuition reasonable and keeping opportunities open to assist students in gaining hands-on experience in their major.

“I want students to get a degree but also leave with experience,” said Pyle.

Pyle said he finds that often times, the only thing being obtained is the degree, which is great, but what he strives for is that all Eastern students graduate with a four-year degree, as well as extended experience in whatever subject they are studying. The ultimate goal is for students to have enough hands-on experience to snag a job shortly after graduating.

Pyle obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from ENMU in 2004.

Joseph Gergel replaced Kekoa Von Schultzas the student regent.

Gergel was inspired to become a regent because of his involvement with student government. Gergel looks forward to working with other regents and learning from them. He said his main goal is to team up with fellow regents to successfully represent ENMU students.

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