ENMU Welcomes New President



After a career in education spanning over 30 plus years at Eastern New Mexico University, Dr. Patrice Caldwell has officially been selected as the school’s 11th president.

Caldwell is no stranger to leadership positions, having served as director of Freshman Composition between 1980 and 1984, before transitioning into administrating the Languages and Literature department for four years. Continuing her momentum, she then served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Caldwell has also been responsible for upgrades to campus technology, managing funds earned from the Pew Leadership Award for Institutional Renewal awarded to ENMU in 1997. From there she contributed to the office of Planning and Analysis and closely handled grants awarded to the school and the plans that expanded from them, a role she fulfilled for 11 years before becoming ENMU Chief of Staff in 2018.

This is the first time a woman has served as ENMU president since its founding over 80 years ago. The Board of Regents at the university voted unanimously in support of her, noting her extended record of service for the school and her history of leadership experience.

With the announcement of her being selected as president, Dr. Caldwell extended a message of gratitude through ENMU’s Facebook page saying, “I am gratified at the confidence placed in me by the Board of Regents. I am also grateful for the support of our students, faculty, staff, and community. We have challenges ahead but if we work together there is nothing we cannot accomplish. I am excited to begin this new chapter in my life at ENMU.”

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